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.

Dr. Michel Siegel is a top facial surgeon in Houston, specializing in facelifts, including deep plane facelift. If you’re in Houston or willing to travel here, Dr. Siegel can help you achieve the look you’ve always wante to see in the mirror. Contact our office today.

People travel from across the US and the world for an improved look by Dr. Siegel, but many are right here in the Houston area. We often see patients from Cypress, Spring, Bellaire, Sugar Land, Fulshear, Humble, Katy, and other nearby communities. We also see many patients from other areas in Texas, including Austin, San Antonio, Dallas-Fort Worth, Midland, Odessa, to name a few. Wherever you are, we look forward to helping you achieve your best look.

July 1, 2021 Update:

Our office is open and we are following the recommended guidelines for maximum safety.

  • To make this transition as safe as possible, and to comply with physical distancing, we will be limiting the number of people in the waiting room to only one person.
  • To prevent having multiple people in the waiting room, we will space out appointments.
  • To minimize personal contact please be punctual for your appointment.
  • Please be on time for your appointment. If you are early, please wait in your car. If you are running late please call the office at 832-900-4818, so we can make proper arrangements.
  • For new patients, please fill out all your new intake forms at home. We will send you a link for registration when you make an appointment.
  • Patients must wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth when in the waiting room or walking back to the exam room.
  • If you are wearing gloves, please remove them when you arrive, we will provide you with hand sanitizer.

Please contact our office with any questions you have!

-Dr. Siegel & Staff

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