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What You Should Know - Post Operation

This page will familiarize you with some basic facts about enhancing the results of your facial plastic surgery, plastic surgery by following basic skin care, cosmetic and grooming tips. It will give you enough background to make you an “educated consumer” Dr Jeff Pokorny, facial plastic surgeon will explain how these tips apply to individual conditions.

After facial plastic surgery, it is not uncommon to have high expectations about the plastic surgery and to be anxious to see the “new you.” It is important to remember, however, that cosmetic surgery is major surgery and the healing process naturally takes time. Although actual pain is minimal, it is not uncommon to feel fatigued, tired or just “run down” for a day or two after surgery. Many people experience depression during the weeks or months it takes for final results to be visible, while surgical scars mature and shrink.

Fortunately, during and after the healing process, there are many skin care, cosmetic and grooming procedures that will promote healing and enhance plastic surgery results. Following these suggestions may help you maintain the positive attitude that is essential to looking your best.

After any kind of facial plastic surgery, plastic surgery, proper hygiene is important to promote healing. Dr Jeff Pokorny, facial plastic surgeon, will give you specific instructions to follow regarding the care of the affected area after your bandages are removed.

MM Gauze pads, or a clean, soft facial sponge, may be used to cleanse affected areas and to soften crusts. After washing, gently pat the area dry using a soft clean cloth or a gauze pad.

An antibiotic ointment or a vitamin preparation may be recommended to help prevent infection and speed healing. Sometimes hydrogen peroxide is used to soften and remove crusts. Moisturizing is important after dermabrasion or chemical peeling. You may be advised to apply a thin layer of bland vegetable oil shortening to the area, or Dr Jeff Pokorny may recommend a medicated ointment. Follow the specific instructions that he gives you carefully.

MM Incision scars often seem to get worse as they heal, but this is normal. Incisions heal in three stages. The first stage, characterized by swelling and redness, lasts a few days to a week. The scar tissue begins to form, causing the scar to look pink, lumpy and noticeable. This period can last up six weeks, but it is followed by a period of shrinking and softening than can continue for up to a year. Eventually, for most scars, only a fine, white line remains.


Most people can resume normal activities after about two weeks, but care must be taken to protect incision sites and swollen or reddened areas. After surgery, sleep with your head elevated during the first two weeks and use cool compresses to help reduce swelling. Take care to protect the incision from being accidently struck by children or bed-mates. Avoid foods that require strenuous chewing. Try not to get involved in any arguments or spirited discussions, since exaggerated facial movements may place a strain on the incisions. If you have had a facelift or neck surgery, avoid turning your neck vigorously from side to side.

MM After dermabrasion or chemical peeling, use warm compresses to soothe the affected area. It is essential to avoid exposure to the sun during the first six months, as this can cause blotchy pigmentation. wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, stay in the shade if possible, and use a good sun-block (SFPF 15 or higher) if you are going to be outside any length of time. Also avoid excessive exposure to heat, cold, and wind as well, as these can cause drying of the skin. Continue to use a moisturizer for at least several weeks.

MM Don’t use aspirin or any-containing product from approximately two weeks prior to and two weeks after the procedure, as aspirin may increase your tendency to bleed. Avoid alcohol and smoking during this four week period as well. Don’t do any bending, heavy lifting, or other activities that may elevate blood pressure or cause sweating.

MM If you have had plastic surgery on your nose (rhinoplasty) glasses cannot be allowed to put pressure on the nasal bones for at least six weeks. If you need to wear glasses, ask your doctor about eyeglasses cradle. This clear plastic device is attached to the forehead with special tape and supports the nosebridge of the glasses.

If you wear contact lenses, you should be able to resume wearing them within two weeks. In some patients, however, eyelid surgery temporarily affects the eye fluid, causing the eyes to be drier than normal. It may be necessary to wait an extra week or two before using contact lenses if this occurs. You should wait three to six weeks before resuming such activities as aerobics, tennis, weight-lifting, contact sports, and swimming or diving. Check with your doctor before going back to your athletic routine.


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