Thanks to the wonders of modern cosmetic surgery, everyone now has the chance to look younger than their real age, and one of the best surgeries to turn back the ticking clock is a facelift. Of course, there is a price to pay for this surgery, and you should go into it understanding the risks and being aware that you will experience some pain, discomfort and swelling following your surgery.
You won't feel any pain during the surgery because you will be completely knocked out thanks to general anaesthesia. The majority of the pain you feel afterwards will be taken care of thanks to painkillers, but there are still some tricks you should be aware of to manage your post-facelift pain.
Keep your head elevated. After facelift surgery, it's advisable that you keep your head elevated for at least a week. This means that you will have to change your sleeping position by putting a number of pillows on your bed so that you can rest in an elevated position comfortably. This is important for two reasons. First of all, it means that you won't be adding additional pressure to your face, where you will have just had surgery. Secondly, it allows the lymph nodes to drain more quickly so that the swelling also goes down faster.
Self massage. You might think that massaging the face after surgery would be a bad thing, and you should just let your face heal, but self-massage can actually have incredible healing effects. Wait a few days before you try massage, and then you are safe to give it a go. The great thing about self-massage is that you are applying the pressure yourself, so you will know what level of pressure you can handle comfortably. Gently massaging the skin will help move fluids from the skin into the lymphatic vessels where they can then be drained, and swelling will go down as a result. Your scars should be hidden away out of sight, but gentle massage will improve blood circulation to aid the healing process.
Cold compress. You will be at your puffiest in the first few days after surgery, and a simple cold compress can work wonders during those first days of healing. First of all, the numbing effect will help with any ongoing pain, but it will also help to contract blood vessels so that puffiness and swelling should be reduced. Just be sure to limit your cold compress sessions to fifteen minutes at a time, or you could end up with frostbite.
Follow this advice and you'll promote your healing time so that you look and feel great following your facelift.