Pre/Post-operative Instructions for Rhytidectomy or Face Lift surgery

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Prior to your surgery

  • Please inform your surgeon if you have any underlying diseases, drug allergies, or are taking medication, dietary supplements, or vitamins.
  • Please refrain from taking any pain medications, Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) and vitamin supplements at least 7 days before surgery.
  • Drinking alcohol or smoking, including electronic cigarettes, which could lead to inferior surgical outcomes, are strongly recommended to stop for at least 1 week before surgery.
  • Eating or Drinking (including water) are not allowed for 8 hours prior to surgery.
  • To minimize the risk of surgical infection, please cleanse your face, body, hair, and nails, including any cosmetics, before the surgery.
  • Please take medications as prescribed by your surgeon.
  • During the first 5 days after surgery, apply cold compression at the forehead and both cheeks with a cold cloth or a cold gel pack to reduce the chance of bleeding and swelling. 
  • Sleep with your head raising over the chest can help relieve the swollen.
  • Keep the wound dry, However, gently dab the wound site with damp, clean clothes are allowed. The surgeon will inform you again whether you could wash the face and hair normally.
  • A follow-up appointment and suture removal with your surgeon will be scheduled 10 – 14 days after surgery.
  • In case that a bruising occurs within the first 2 weeks after surgery, you can alleviate the bruise with warm compressing, please recheck that the compress is not scalding by applying on the back of your hand first.
  • Avoid preserved (pickled) foods, uncooked foods, alcoholic drinks, smoking (including electronic cigarettes) for 2 weeks after surgery.
  • Avoid exposure to strong sunlight for 3 months after surgery.
  • You may start wearing cosmetics 2 weeks after surgery and dye your hair 4 weeks after surgery.
  • In case of emergency, please call us at 1719, 24/7