Post-operative : Face and Neck Lift

The night of surgery

 You can expect to have pain and feel like your neck is very tight. For your comfort we recommend:

  1. Keep your head elevated (semi sitting position)
  2. Take extra strength tylenol every 4 hours
  3. Take a medication like gravol 30 minutes before taking your prescribed pain medication to avoid nausea and
  4. Take the pain medication as prescribed around the clock for 48 hours
  5. Take your antibiotics if prescribed
  6. Avoid turning your head
  7. Empty your drain as was shown to you by the nurses

Please contact us immediately if you experience any of the following

  • You have a fever of > 5
  • Severe nausea or vomiting
  • Are experiencing hallucinations or unusual behaviour
  • Your pain is not controlled with the pain medication
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Severe bruising around the neck or difficulty breathing

The day after surgery

  • You will be seen the following day to remove your drain if you have one
  • You can expect the pain to decrease towards the 48 hour
  • It is best to keep your head elevated as much as possible to prevent swelling
  • You can shower 48 hours after surgery

Follow up and healing

  • You will be swollen for 1-2 months
  • You should wear your face and neck garment to help limit the swelling
  • You should rest for 1 week
  • You will have a follow up appointment with Dr Gdalevitch in 1 week toremove your stitches
  • You can leave the house after 1 week with make up

The final result will be seen around 2-3 months. Scars continue to improve over 6 months to a year.