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Face Lift

Post Operative Advice Sheet


  1. You should arrange for someone to drive you home from hospital.
  2. You will experience mild discomfort after your surgery and it is recommended that you take one or two pain relieving tablets (such as Paracetamol) on a regular basis for the first week.  DO NOT TAKE ASPIRIN OR ANY PRODUCTS CONTAINING ASPIRIN as this may prolong or cause bleeding in the early post operative period.
  3. There may be some swelling and bruising following surgery, though this should settle over the first 2 weeks. To minimise swelling you are advised to sit up right throughout the day and prop yourself up with an extra pillow at night for the first two weeks post operatively.
  4. Do not do anything that would raise the blood pressure in your head, eg bending forward, straining, heaving lifting etc.
  5. It is important to rest as much as possible for the first 48 hours after surgery, after which you can recommence gentle activities and household chores, but should refrain from strenuos exercising for at least 2 weeks. You should move around as much as possible and not lie in bed for protracted periods.
  6. Your hair should be washed with a mild shampoo (eg baby shampoo), but do not touch the suture line or surgical clips. It is important to blowdry the hair after washing, but ensure that the temperature of the air is not too ot as some areas of scalp may initially be slightly numb
  7. About a week after the operation you will be seen in the Dressing Clinic by a nurse who will remove the stitches and at 2 weeks the surgical clips.
  8. You should avoid using make up for at least one week post operatively.
  9. For the first week post operatively you should avoid doing heavy household chores andy ou may return to swimming two weeks post operatively. You can recommence gentle gym work one month post operatively
  10. I would have advised that it is important to stop smoking prior to your operation in order to reduce the risks of complications. You should however, avoid smoking for the first two weeks post operatively.
  11. You should avoid driving for 72 hours after your operation.  After this you may recommence driving once you feel confident to undertake an emergency stop. Until you feel confident to do this you should refrain from driving.
  12. Following surgery, the type of job that you do determines when you can return to work.  If you mainly confined to deskwork, you may feel able to return to work after two weeks.
  13. Your facial tissues will initially be soft but may become firmer over the following weeks before softening again. During this period patience is called for.
  14. Massage and moisturise the external scars from 3 weeks with a good facial moisturiser. The scars will take time to mature, but will do so. The delicate scar tissue is at greater risk of sunburn if exposed to the sun, therefore, you are advised to avoid sun exposure to any scar tissue for the first six weeks of healing, after this if the area is to be exposed to sunlight you should apply sun protection factor 50 sun block to exposed scar tissue.
  15. Though most people experience uneventful post operative recovery, if you develop any of the following you should contact the ward:
    • Temperature greater than 38.5°
    • Severe pain not alleviated by simple painkillers
    • Fresh bleeding from the wound, other than a minor ooze
    • Excessive swelling
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I chose Mr Armstrong to carry out my facelift surgery after a lot of extensive and careful research. I was impressed with his academic credentials and his professional experience, noting that he had worked in some of the most prestigious medical institutions.

At my first consultation with Mr Armstrong I felt totally reassured that I would be in a safe pair of hands by the clarity with which he described all aspects of the facelift procedure I was requesting.  He explained everything to me in a clear and precise manner and in an unrushed and very thorough way. Together we agreed the best procedure for me, a 63 year old woman, would be a facelift plus an upper eyelid reduction and fat transfers to my cheeks, nasolabial lines and marionette lines.

I am now three weeks post-operation and the results have far exceeded my expectations.  I am absolutely thrilled with the results. I still look like me but a younger fresher version.  My droopy eyelids and hanging jowls have gone and my face and eyes look energised and revitalised.  My friends have been amazed at the transformation with one describing me as looking "sensational"!

Mr Armstrong's care before, during and after the procedure has been exemplary, and, along with his nursing staff,  I was thoroughly well looked after in a most kind, caring and professional manner.

I highly recommend Mr Armstrong to anybody considering surgery.  He is a highly skilled surgeon with a  safe and competent pair of hands.  My only regret is that I didn't do it five years earlier.


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