Facelift – Post-operative Instructions

Instructions on discharge

  • On the day of discharge the pressure garment and drains are removed and a gentle hair wash will be done. Hair can be washed as normal after this.
  • Polyfax antiseptic ointment to be applied to the scars in the scalp and in front and behind the ear twice a day for about 2 weeks.
  • Ice compress for the 2 days whilst in hospital.
  • Sleep with head slightly elevated on a few pillows for the first 2 weeks and avoid bending the head down.
  • TED stockings to be worn for 2 weeks.
  • Discharge with standard painkillers.

Dressing clinic

  • Usually about a week after the surgery to check on the wounds and at the end of the second week to remove the metal clips in the scalp.

Activities

  • No restrictions but avoid strenuous activities for about the first 2 weeks.

Wound care for first 3 months

  • Moisturise all scars for at least 3 months.
  • Moisturise face and neck religiously.
  • Avoid direct sunlight for the first 3 months.

IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY PROBLEMS OR HAVE ANY QUERIES FOLLOWING YOUR SURGERY PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT THE WARD.

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