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.
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.
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.
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.
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