Natural Ways to Speed up Healing After a Facelift
The after-effects of facial plastic surgery seem counter-productive to the surgery itself. The swelling and bruising that often follows a plastic surgery are a natural result of the body’s healing process, but they are unwanted and uncomfortable. These less than fortunate consequences can keep the patient from work and other daily activities. People receive these surgeries to look and feel their best – not the other way around.
There are several steps that can be taken to speed up your recovery process and get you back to feeling and looking like yourself. After you’ve completed your facelift or rhinoplasty, the most important thing to do is implement natural methods to stimulate healing.
Start from a Healthy Place Before Surgery.
- Your health and wellness before your facial plastic surgery plays a major role in the recovery process. The healthier your BMI, for example, the quicker you will heal and the happier you will be with the procedure. Patients with a healthy blood pressure, including non-smokers, are more likely to have a more speedy recovery.
- Follow Your Doctor’s Advice.The best surgeons will answer all of your questions about your procedure and will advise you on how to best prepare. They will provide advice regarding pre-procedure preparation and how to reduce swelling and bruising afterward.To minimize the pain and swelling after your plastic surgery, keep your head elevated above your heart level. In addition, icing the swollen and bruised areas for the first 2-3 days will quicken your recovery and make you feel more comfortable.
- Regulate Your Blood Pressure. Regulating your blood pressure and maintaining a moderated blood flow are essential for recovery. Additional swelling and bruising could occur if you have high blood pressure before your surgery. Prior to and after your procedure you should avoid caffeine, alcohol and tobacco.
- Take Natural Supplements that Promote Healing. Several studies conducted over the past 10 years show that antioxidant and nutrient-rich supplements can increase the speed of your recovery by up to 20%. Potassium, vitamin C, calcium, bromeliad, grape seed extract and rutin can aid in the healing of the facial tissue after a facelift. If you are taking other medications or are unfamiliar with these supplements, it is encouraged that you consult your doctor before ingesting them.
It is strongly advised that you postpone your return to work or any social engagements for about 2 weeks following your surgery. The steps listed above will help you in your quest to recovery and to loving the results.
To find out more about what you can expect from the recovery process, make an appointment with Dr. Siegel, Houston’s facial plastic surgery specialist!