Face and Neck Lift
The following information is intended exclusively for Barrett Plastic Surgery patients. If you have had surgery by another surgeon, please follow up with that surgeon for your post-operative instructions. Congratulations on completing your surgery! Please reference these instructions over the coming weeks as you begin your recovery process.
A responsible adult must provide transportation for you after surgery (public transportation/Uber is not permissible).
A responsible adult must stay with you until the morning following the procedure. If you are having several procedures, you may need or prefer assistance for 1-2 days following your procedure.
Avoid making major decisions or participating in activities that require judgment for 24 hours after surgery.
Get plenty of rest and follow a balanced diet. Decreased activity and pain medication may promote constipation, so you may want to increase your fluid intake and add more fruits to your diet.
Take all medications as instructed postoperatively.
Wash your face, hair, and body with antibacterial soap before coming into the office on the day of surgery.
Do not drive until you are no longer taking any pain medications (narcotics).
Do not consume any alcohol for 2 weeks after your procedure.
Do not smoke, as smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications.
You may shower 24 hours after surgery. Leave dressings on and pat dry with a clean towel.
Take deep breaths often when you get home for the first 24 hours after surgery.
When you rest or sleep, keep your head elevated on 2-3 pillows and avoid turning on your side.
Remove the scopolamine patch from behind your ear after surgery, as it may cause blurry vision when worn for too long.
Ice packs should be used within the first 48 hours after surgery to help with swelling. Never apply ice directly to the skin. Avoid getting your incisions wet.
Clean incisions around your ears and under your chin with a gentle soap and water.
Surface sutures are removed in 7-14 days.
Keep incisions clean and inspect daily for signs of infection.
Keep dressings on as directed.
If you have drains they will be removed when the output is less than 20 ml per day.
Do not eat anything spicy or hard/chewy for one week after surgery.
No baths, hot tubs or swimming for 6 weeks.
Avoid exposing scars to the sun for at least 12 months. Always use a strong sunblock.
Swelling is to be expected and may subside within 2-3 weeks. Some swelling may last for 2-3 months.
Most bruising and discoloration should resolve over the first two weeks.
Unusual sensations, pins and needles, and occasionally mild discomfort may occur as these nerves regenerate over time.
Your final results will occur after 6-12 months
Limit your activity sharply over the first week following surgery.
You are encouraged to walk around the house on the day of surgery and thereafter.
Move/pump your legs frequently while lying down.
You may begin to return to regular exercise 4 weeks after surgery. Ease into this, gradually increasing your exercise level back to normal by 5-6 weeks from surgery.
Fever of 101 degrees F or greater.
Pain is not relieved with pain medication.
Swelling, redness, bleeding, and/or foul drainage from the incision area.
Persistent nausea and/or vomiting.
You have not urinated for more than 6 hours after getting home from surgery.