Much has already been told about the facelift. However not everyone knows that it's not easy to understand the modern facelift procedure, because much of the knowledge people have today are based on the old information. The facelift is known to have evolved greatly between the late 1980s and 2006. The procedure has significantly improved. As a matter of fact the early facelift surgeons were exclusively focused on tightening the face skin of the patient. It's no wonder that this led to an improved appearance, but at the same time there was no change in the underlying skin layers, muscles and fat. Therefore the facelift results sometimes tended to look a bit artificial.
Nowadays facelift is a surgery which is addressed to both skin and the entire underlying skin support system. The procedure means not only removing the outer excessive skin, but also tightening the facial muscles and removing excessive fat. A greater attention is paid to facelift risks and facelift convalescence.
Nowadays after the person had a facelift he or she will be monitored by the surgery facility staff. The person is usually discharged after being sufficiently recovered from the anesthesia. What do patients experience during the first week of facelift convalescence? The recovery for 10 to 14 days is the best variant. The majority of people feel some discomfort and pain after surgery. But it's usually not very significant. It's considered to be normal. To relieve the possible pain the doctor is likely to prescribe the patient pain medications. Remember to read about all possible adverse reactions and side effects of these medications. In case you have noticed any allergic or unusual reactions it's necessary to let your doctor know about them immediately.
Speaking about facelift convalescence it's worthy admitting that the patient may be advised to keep his her head elevated for a couple of days after the facelift procedure. As a matter of fact this is to help keep the swelling and bruising down. So, the person may experience some swelling and bruising after the facelift; or, on the other hand, he or she may be swollen that it can be difficult to recognize the face in the mirror (particularly, in case of swelling around eyes). There's no need to be alarmed. It's considered to be the natural healing response.
As a rule, people find it convenient to minimize the amount of moving around. Some numbness is considered to be pretty normal in the process of facelift convalescence. In several months this numbness is likely to be completely gone.
Be aware that during your facelift convalescence you may notice some complications. You should be alert to any of them and let the doctor know about them immediately after their occurrence. So, among the most common facelift complications are sudden new swelling (usually onset of swelling), persistent or severe pain, infection with fever over 100 degrees or even higher, popper stitches, abnormal discharge from the site of incision (pus-like or milky appearance).