The facelift surgery is also known as lifting the sagging skin upward and then removing the excess skin, which brings more trauma during the surgery and will bring certain after-effects.
What are the after-effects of facelift surgery?
A facelift is prone to bleeding and hematoma, which usually occurs within 24 hours after surgery, with significant local pain, swelling, and ecchymosis. Some people may experience small areas of relatively superficial skin necrosis after a facelift, which may require secondary treatment. There may also be damage to the motor or sensory nerves. When the sensory nerves are damaged, there will be dullness and swelling of the scalp and skin, which usually takes about three months to resolve. Damage to the motor nerve is permanent and can lead to facial paralysis. If the surgical instruments used during a facelift are not thoroughly sterilized or if the surgical wound is not properly cared for, infection and inflammation can easily occur.
How to take care of the wound after facelift surgery?
1、Pressure and bandage
After facelift surgery, we should use sterilized gauze, cotton pads and bandages to apply pressure and bandage to the area according to the patient's surgical site and scope, so as to reduce hematoma and edema. After surgery, medications should be changed regularly to keep the wound area clean and dry. You should not make too many facial expressions before the stitches are completely removed, otherwise the wound will be strained and bleeding will result. In order to reduce the movement of the facial muscles, you should choose a liquid or semi-liquid food for three days after the surgery.
2、Take the way of lying down to sleep
After the surgery, you should take a lying down sleeping position to reduce the pressure on the wound and prevent hematoma and pain. Choose a quiet and clean room to live in, and use analgesics under the guidance of the doctor. After the surgery, you should prevent the wound from getting wet, and you should not wash your face before the removal of the stitches, but only use cotton swabs to gently wipe, and you should not let dirty water enter the wound when you wash your hair or take a bath to avoid infection.
Within 24 to 48 hours after the surgery, the upper and lower eyelids may become severely swollen, and the eyelids may not even be able to close completely. If you are not infected, you can go to the hospital to remove the stitches in about 8 days. During the period, avoid eating spicy and stimulating foods and foods that activate blood stasis.
What are the self-care methods after facelift surgery? There are five main types.
1, sun protection
It is especially important to pay attention to sun protection after facelift surgery. Sun protection products with a sun protection factor of 30~40 can be used daily to resist the direct exposure of the sun to the skin.
2, maintain a healthy lifestyle
Bad lifestyles such as smoking, drinking and excessive weight fluctuations have a negative impact on the maintenance of facelift results. To maintain a youthful appearance after facelift, insisting on exercise and a balanced diet are effective measures.
3、Injection of dermal filler
After facelift, the effect of most of the candidates can be maintained for several years, and maintaining the effect through dermal fillers has become an increasingly popular way. Dermal fillers have the effect of enhancing or maintaining facial rejuvenation and can improve certain facial wrinkles that are difficult to handle with traditional facelift surgery.
4、With the help of radio frequency cosmetic means
After facelift, the radiofrequency energy delivered by the radiofrequency equipment can stimulate skin collagen renewal and play a role in skin tightening, as an auxiliary means to prolong the effect of facelift surgery.
5、Use laser technology to tighten the skin
After facelift, wrinkles, skin laxity, pigmentation and other skin aging changes will still continue. Laser technology can be used to tighten the skin, reduce wrinkles, improve skin quality and promote collagen formation.
6、Use medical skincare products
Medical grade skincare products contain more active ingredients compared to over-the-counter products and can penetrate deeply into the skin. More importantly, medical grade skin care products can only be used under the guidance of a doctor, but the doctor can develop an individualized skin care plan to meet the need to maintain the effects of a facelift.