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Simple Steps to Lessen Your Down Time after Facelift and other Facial Cosmetic Surgery

Simple Steps to Lessen Your Down Time after Facelift and other Facial Cosmetic Surgery

You may feel ready for a facelift, eyelid surgery, or nose job (rhinoplasty), but are hesitant because the recovery seems too daunting to undertake.  That being said, the typical recovery period only lasts 2-3 weeks and there are steps you can take to make your recovery as easy and quick as possible.

Dr. Jejurikar stresses that it is important that you avoid certain medications and supplements at least two weeks prior and two weeks after having a facelift.  This includes NSAIDs (such as motrin, ibuprofen, toradol), aspirin, Plavix (clopidrogel), Coumadin (warfarin),vitamin E and St. John’s Wort.  These medications and supplements thin the blood and increase bleeding during surgery, which causes significant post-operative bruising.

Herbal supplements deserve special attention. Many patients do not inform their plastic surgeon that they are taking these medications because they perceive them to be safe and natural. This does not mean that they do not cause side effects! As a general rule, stopping these medications at least two weeks prior to surgery can significantly decrease bleeding during and after surgery. LESS BLEEDING CORRELATES TO LESS BRUISING!

Your body will need plenty of rest initially after your surgery and it is key to keep your head elevated at a 30-45 degree angle when you’re lying down.  It is recommended that you keep your head elevated in this position for at least 7-10 days following surgery. Elevating your head helps the swelling drain from your face and neck faster.

There are over-the-counter supplements that aid in the reduction of swelling and bruising.  The most beneficial homeopathic supplements recommended by Dr. Jejurikar are Arnica Montana, Bromelain and Quercetin.  Using Bromelain and Quercetin in conjunction with Arnica Montana has proven useful in reducing post-operative bruising and swelling.

  • Arnica Montana, derived from alpine plants, is anti-inflammatory, can mend bruised tissue and speeds recovery.  The patient typically starts taking it 3 days prior to surgery, and for at least one week following surgery.
  • Bromelain, derived from the stem of pineapples, helps combat inflammation.  It should be taken for the first full week after surgery.
  • Quercetin is a plant-derived flavonoid found in green and black tea, apples and grains.  It inhibits production of histamines, which prevents inflammation and speeds up the recovery process.  Quercetin should be taken for one week immediately following surgery.

Arnica Montana, Bromelain and Quercetin all can be purchased prior to your surgery and can speed up your post-op recovery tremendously.

The antioxidant, Vitamin C, aids in immunity and promotes healing.  It is the key nutrient required for collagen formation and should be taken pre and post-operatively.

If you are interested in learning more about facelifts and other facial cosmetic surgery, please contact our office at 214.827.2814 to schedule a consultation.

 

 

Nonsurgical alternatives to a more youthful appearance

You may be noticing a few more wrinkles on your face and feel like you’re looking a bit tired these days regardless of your beauty routine.  You’re not quite ready for a surgical facelift, but you’d like to do something to rejuvenate your appearance.  So what are your options?

Botox and is competitors (Dysport, Xeomin) are one of the quickest and easiest cosmetic treatments to reduce signs of aging.  They are used to improve frown lines between the brows, crow’s feet around the eyes, wrinkles of the forehead, and neck cords.  The treatment typically takes 30 – 45 minutes and lasts from 3 – 4 months. The best rule of thumb is to remember that Botox works great for wrinkles in the upper one-third of the face; it’s not as effective in the lower two-thirds.

A “Liquid Facelift” is an extension of the same theme.  The Liquid Facelift utilizes Botox and facial fillers to soften wrinkles and creases, enhance the natural contours of the face, and restore volume to the cheeks and lips.   This safe, in-office option quickly provides you with noticeable results at a lower cost compared to surgery.

Two of the most common fillers used during a Liquid Facelift are Voluma and Juvederm.  Both of these products are FDA approved hyaluronic acid based fillers.  Voluma is used to lift the mid-face by restoring lost cheek volume and lasts up to 2 years after treatment.  Juvederm is used to fill and soften the nasolabial folds around your mouth (laugh lines) and to plump thinning lips.  Juvederm lasts up to a year or longer.

Laser skin resurfacing is another great options you can choose to improve and rejuvenate your appearance.  It is ideal for treating fine lines and deeper wrinkles, sun damage, irregular skin pigmentation, and even acne scars.  In general, the more aggressive the laser treatment, the greater the downtime.  Downtime can range from 3 – 10 days and is dependent upon the strength of the laser used for resurfacing.  Some patients may require multiple treatments to achieve the best results.

Regardless of whether you have a surgical or nonsurgical procedure, it is imperative to protect your investment. Wear broad-spectrum sunscreen daily, limit alcohol consumption, quit smoking, eat a healthy diet and exercise in order to maintain your results.

All of these treatments are great options for attaining a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.  Most of these treatments can be done quickly in your plastic surgeon’s office and require little or no downtime.   If you are interested in learning more about any of theses facial rejuvenation options, contact the office of board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jejurikar, at 214-827-2814 to schedule your consultation.

 

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