1) What does it feel like when I wake up from cosmetic surgery?
Most patients report only mild to moderate discomfort associated with some tightness or pulling. This pulling sensation, most noticeable under the chin, subsides after about three weeks. We will make sure you are not nauseated or queasy. Our nurses will be right there with you as you wake up from surgery to give you special attention.
2) What do I look like when I wake up from surgery?
Following the procedure, you will have a soft head wrap around your head and under your chin. This helps minimize swelling. The head wrap will be removed the following morning and the chin dressing will be removed in the office on approximately postoperative day four. A removable elastic bandage will be gently applied to minimize swelling. You may have some bruising, however, this typically is more pronounced 24-48 hours after the procedure.
3) When can I shower?
Other than the wound care mentioned, it is important to keep the sutures dry. It is very important that you take a shower and wash your hair the morning before coming in for suture removal on postoperative day four or five. Once we remove the sutures, are applied and you will not be allowed to get them wet for about three more days. As long as you keep your head dry, you may bathe or shower at any time following the procedure.
4) Will I need any special prescriptions following surgery?
Yes. Postoperative prescriptions are provided well in advance of surgery day so you arrive home completely prepared. Postoperative prescriptions and over-the-counter medications for patients include the following:
A) An antibiotic to take after surgery to prevent infection.
B) Pain medication to minimize any discomfort.
C) Ointment to place on the sutures.
D) Vitamin C 1000 mg with food for one week following surgery to promote healing.
5) When do I start taking these prescriptions?
Patients take their pain medication as needed. Unless you are notified otherwise, resume all daily medications when you arrive home from surgery.
6) When is my first postoperative appointment?
You will be asked to come to the clinic the on the fourth day following neck liposuction for removal of dressing. You will need someone to drive you to this appointment.
10) Are there any instructions about regular daily activities?
Sleep with head of the bed elevated or use two to three pillows for one week. Facial fullness, headache and disrupted sleep are very normal postoperative symptoms and will decrease as the healing process occurs. Absolutely no bending, lifting or straining. If you have little children, bend at the knees or sit on the floor and let them climb on to your lap.
11) When will I look normal?
You will be presentable at two to three weeks. You will look great at six weeks and even better at six months as things settle and expressions become more natural. At three weeks you know you are well on the way to recovery and most patients resume routine activities around two to three weeks following surgery. Final results are evaluated at one year.
12) How long does healing take?
Healing to evaluate the final result takes one full year. However, after three months, most patients have about 90% of their final result.