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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A rhytidectomy, or facelift, is surgery to remove signs of aging, such as wrinkles, extra fat, and loose skin.
- Pain medicine: You may be given medicine to take away or decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your healthcare provider or plastic surgeon as directed:
You will need to return to have your drain or stitches removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
- Rest often while you recover: Do not lift heavy objects until your plastic surgeon says it is okay. Ask when you can return to your usual daily activities.
- Do not lie flat: Keep your head and back elevated when you rest, such as in a recliner. Place extra pillows under your head and neck when you sleep in bed. This will help decrease swelling. Ask your healthcare provider how many days to do this.
- Do not smoke: If you smoke, it is never too late to quit. Ask for information about how to stop smoking if you need help.
Contact your healthcare provider or plastic surgeon if:
- You have a fever.
- Your wound is red, swollen, or draining pus.
- You feel depressed after your surgery.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- Your face starts to swell and large bruises appear.
- You have trouble moving part of your face.
- Your lip sags on one side.
- Blood soaks through your bandage.
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