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What skin care regimen should I follow after a facelift? Is there a difference with age? 40 vs 50 vs 60?
August 6th, 2013
Caring for your skin following a facelift is more complicated than with less-invasive procedures. In addition to everyday skin care you will need to properly care for your wounds and control any swelling.
The general guidelines for skin care after a facelift are essentially the same whether a patient is 40, 50 or 60 years of age. However, older patients do heal slower, so measures taken to aid healing may be even more important in older patients.
Skin care after a facelift is often a continuation of your preoperative regimen. In your initial consultation with your surgeon, he or she may prescribe you specific skin care products to use both before and after your surgery.¬ These products can help to minimize discoloration and brown spots as well as get rid of dead skin cells.
To minimize swelling your surgeon will likely advise you to keep your head elevated while sleeping, and use cold compresses, for a few days. He or she may also recommend using herbal remedies such as arnica montana.
It is important to avoid the sun — as well as topical treatments or cosmeceuticals — for at least a few days. This is especially true with procedures like facelift where there are open wounds or broken skin. However, you will need to apply antibiotic ointment to your wounds until they have healed.
After the first few days your surgeon may advise you to use products to avoid discoloration, and to use sunscreen with an SPF of about 40. (Stronger sunscreens can block your pores, which is not good for healing.)
While your wounds are healing, avoid picking at them, as this can lead to scarring or infection.
Finally, hydration is an important part of your skin care regimen after a facelift. Drink at least six glasses of water per day. This helps rejuvenate the skin and flush out toxins.