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Face Lift (Rhytidoplasty) Post-Operative Guidelines

Instructions

  • If you are not planning to stay in the hospital for the first post-operative night, have someone drive you home after surgery and help you at home for 1-2 days.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Follow a balanced diet.
  • Take any antibiotics as instructed. It helps to eat cultured yogurt or over the counter Acidophilus tablets while on antibiotics to minimize intestinal side effects.
  • Dr. Khosh may instruct you to take the herbal supplement Arnica-Montana. This is intended to minimize bruising.
  • You may be prescribed steroid tablets to minimize post op swelling. If so, take them as instructed on the packet. Note that steroids can make you feel anxious; this is a common side effect.
  • Decreased activity may promote constipation, so you may want to add more raw fruit to your diet, and be sure to increase fluid intake.
  • Take pain medication as prescribed. Do not take aspirin or any products containing aspirin.
  • Do not drink alcohol when taking pain medications.
  • Even when not taking pain medications, no alcohol for 2 weeks.
  • If you are taking vitamins with iron, resume these as tolerated.
  • Do not smoke, as smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications.

What To Expect

  • Maximum discomfort should occur in the first few days, improving each day thereafter.
  • Bruising, swelling, numbness, and tightness and tenderness of skin for 10-14 days or longer.
  • You may experience tightness in the neck and difficulty turning side to side for 1-2 months.
  • Skin may feel dry and rough for several months.
  • Face may look and feel strange and be distorted from the swelling.
  • Men have a need to shave behind their ears, if beard-growing skin is repositioned there.

Activities

  • Start walking as soon as possible, this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots.
  • Do not drive until you are no longer taking any pain medications (narcotics).
  • You may tire easily. Plan on taking it easy for the first week.
  • No strenuous activities, including sex and heavy housework, for at least 2 weeks. (Walking and mild stretching are fine.)
  • Return to work in 14-21 days.

Incision Care

  • You may shower 24 hours after removal of the dressing and any drainage tubes.
  • You may bathe 48 hours after surgery. Avoid steam baths and saunas for several months.
  • Avoid exposing scars to sun for at least 6 months.
  • Always use a strong sunblock, if sun exposure is unavoidable (SPF 30 or greater).
  • Keep steri-strips on; replace if they come off.
  • Keep incisions clean and inspect daily for signs of infection.
  • Keep head elevated; sleep with head on 2 pillows.
  • Do not use hair dye or permanent solution until approved by Dr. Khosh.
  • You may use cold compresses for comfort and to help decrease the swelling. Frozen peas in a Ziplock bag work well for this purpose.
  • Hair is generally shampooed on the 2nd or 3rd postoperative day. Wash your hair with the recommended product at least every other day thereafter and before each visit to the office.
  • The area of sutures must be washed gently but thoroughly each time.
  • Do not set hair dryer temperature on hot, as you may not have feeling in operated areas.
  • ou may use makeup after the sutures are removed; new facial makeup can be used to cover up bruising, but not on the incisions. It is important to gently remove all makeup.

Appearance

  • Pale, bruised and puffy face for several weeks.
  • Wearing scarves, turtlenecks and high-collared blouses masks the swelling and discoloration.
  • By the third week, you will look and feel much better.
  • Final result is not fully realized for approximately 6 months.

Follow-Up Care

  • Sutures are usually removed from in front of the ear in 3-5 days.
  • Remaining sutures and metal clips, if used, are usually removed in 1-2 weeks.
  • If a drainage tube was inserted, it will be removed in 1-2 days.

When To Call

  • If you have increased swelling or bruising.
  • If swelling and redness persist after a few days.
  • If you have increased redness along the incision.
  • If you have severe or increased pain not relieved by medication.
  • If you have any side effects to medications; such as, rash, nausea, headache, vomiting.
  • If you have an oral temperature over 100.4 degrees.
  • If you have any yellowish or greenish drainage from the incisions or notice a foul odor.
  • If you have bleeding from the incisions that is difficult to control with light pressure.
  • If you have loss of feeling or motion.
  • If you have any concerns or questions you may reach Dr. Khosh at 212-339-9988.

What Dr. Khosh's Patients Say

5.0

Based on 174 reviews

Meredith G.
Saw Dr. Khosh for a fractured nose. He reset my nose beautifully (and with little discomfort to me) and then discussed some of my sinus issues with me upon my follow up visit. Never felt like he was rushing me out and felt very confident in his abilities. I would highly recommend to anyone needing plastic or reconstructive options!
Jackie C.
Great front office, really good experience after what was a terrible accident. I was made to feel comfortable. Dr. Khosh is very good at what he does. I'm still healing but I'm confident of the results
Kaitlin M.
Dr. Khosh takes exceptional care of his patients. He has operated on me twice, each time making me feel extremely comfortable and satisfied with the results. His staff is also very kind and knowledgeable.
Diana G.
Dr. Khosh & his staff Susan & Christine are absolutely amazing! They were so supportive & helpful from beginning to end & they are just wonderful people. Thank you guys I truly appreciate everything you guys have done for me. I would recommend them to anyone & everyone!
Joann M.
After visiting and being evaluated by several doctors, I kept going back to Dr. Khosh. His tranquil spirit and professionalism were captivating. Thank you for a job well done and keeping me calm throughout the entire process. A special thanks to your staff Susan and Christine for all of their support as well. Hi highly recommend Dr. Khosh.
Leah G.
Upon hearing of the overwhelmingly positive experience a friend of mine had in choosing Dr. Khosh as her surgeon, I decided to make an appointment for my own septoplasty/rhinoplasty/turbinate reduction. Although I was slightly skeptical as the praise I had heard seemed a bit hyperbolic, all uncertainty dissipated after meeting the Doctor and his staff. My pre- and post-operative experience was excellent in terms of concerns adequately addressed prior to the surgery and mitigation of any bruising in the convalescent period. Despite my apparent predisposition to rather slower healing, a year after the surgery, my nose looks really pretty and my breathing entirely unobstructed! I highly recommend Dr. Khosh!
Courtney G.
AMAZING!!!!!! I had Dr Khosh perform lipo on my chin/neck and my result is unbelievable! Better than I could have expected! I met with a couple of surgeons and the second I met with Dr Khosh I knew he was the one I was going with. He was compassionate and explained every detail of what would take place during the surgery and what to expect during recovery. I even emailed a few times during recovery with various questions and he got right back to me asap which was really comforting! I honestly fully recommend Dr Khosh, he did an amazing job and is an amazing person.
Frieda S.
i can finally breathe!! Dr. Khosh made the entire experience a breeze, it was truly a pleasure to be under his care. I am forever thankful and highly recommend him. Not only does his work speak for himself, but he has excellent bedside manner. His kindness and patience is above and beyond. He takes the time to answer to every question you have to help you understand the process while at the same time making you feel so comfortable. From the first consultation i knew i was in good hands. I am so pleased with the result and forever thankful.
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Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Nasal & Sinus Surgery

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