The recovery period after plastic surgery is just as much of a factor in your final results as the procedure itself is. As a patient, you’ll receive plenty of instructions about what activities, medications, and supplements to avoid and how to care for yourself after surgery. But realistically, there’s only so much sleep a person can enjoy, so how do you stay busy and occupied while adhering to all the rules for a healthy recovery? After more than 20 years of helping patients through their surgical process as a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I have a few tips that can help.
- Spend your resting time reclined at a 30-degree or 45-degree angle, rather than lying flat.
- Remember to get up and walk around gently every so often, to keep your blood flowing well.
- You shouldn’t drive for about a week after surgery (specifically, make sure you can move your head freely and are off any prescription pain medication before you resume driving).
- You shouldn’t bend down or lift heavy items for about a week after your face lift.
- Avoid swimming, diving, water skiing, and vigorous exercise for at least a month.
- Protect your skin from sun exposure. Limit the amount of time you spend outdoors, and if you do go outside, be sure to wear sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher (applied at least half an hour before you go outside and reapplied approximately every two hours), a wide-brimmed hat, and sun-protective clothing.
- When you’re resting, try to keep your chin level or pointed up as much as possible.
- Minimize talking so your face can rest.
Some of the timelines above may vary from one patient to the next, especially if you have a Band Aid Mini Facelift instead of a traditional facelift. With all that in mind, here are a few suggestions for keeping boredom at bay:
- Catch up on movies or TV shows you’ve been wanting to watch. Position yourself so you’re not tilting your head down to watch, and remember to get up and walk around between each episode or movie.
- Stock up on books to read, but keep in mind that it may be difficult to focus if you’re drowsy or using pain medication.
- If you want to read books, knit, crochet, or do other activities that would normally require you to look down at your hands, try placing a pillow or two on your lap so you can hold your hands higher up rather than tilting your chin down.
- Avoid passing the time by talking to your family and friends on the phone. Try texting or emailing them instead.
- If you have the ability to work from home, this can help you get back to work earlier than if you were to wait until you feel well enough to return to the office. But remember, stress can impede your plastic surgery recovery, so if you do plan to work from home, keep the stress to a minimum and arrange your computer or other equipment so that you can keep your chin straight or tilted up while you work.
- Embrace your inner child and pick up a video game—as long as your competitive streak doesn’t make the game too stressful or make you strain your neck.
- Enjoy some new music—a great activity to do while you’re holding cool compresses on your eyes.
- Pick up a book of crossword puzzles and give your brain a workout.
Plastic surgery isn’t generally one of those “it’s about the journey, not the destination” experiences. Cosmetic surgery patients are typically motivated solely by the results they’re looking forward to. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of the process and enjoy each stage in the best way you can. Use your facelift recovery as a chance for some much-needed rest and relaxation. To get started on your facial rejuvenation journey, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more plastic surgery tips, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
The aging process hits all of us to some degree or another. There are steps you can take to slow its progression, like wearing sunscreen every day and generally taking care of your health, but if you truly want to look like a younger version of yourself, the only way to get safe and reliable results is by visiting a board-certified physician. As a plastic surgeon who specializes in facial rejuvenation, I’m passionate about helping my patients look and feel their best, and an in-person consultation allows me to recommend a unique course of action for each patient to fit their needs. Before scheduling a consultation, though, most of my patients like to learn about the many different treatment options available, from Botox® to laser treatments to cosmetic surgery, so they know what questions to ask and what type of a recommendation to expect. To help you gain a better understanding of which facial rejuvenation procedures may be the best fit for you, I’ve put together a helpful chart to get you started:
While the chart above can be a helpful tool to give you an idea about what to expect, it’s a very simplified graphic that serves only as a broad guideline. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I make an individualized recommendation to each patient based on a physical exam as well as the in-depth expertise I’ve developed throughout more than twenty years of performing facial rejuvenation. To find out what I can do to help you be your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more helpful cosmetic surgery tips, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Plastic surgery may produce the most extensive results for the specific cosmetic issues it’s designed to address, but that doesn’t mean it can treat every aesthetic concern. One of the most common examples of this is surface damage for the skin. Looking older is a combination of several factors, including wrinkles, sagging skin, loss of facial volume, and age spots. A face lift is the most effective way to reduce sagging skin and volume loss, but it actually can’t improve the quality of the skin itself, so it can’t resolve age spots—dark spots on the skin that are caused by accumulated sun damage—or overall skin texture issues. Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing, on the other hand, does treat age spots while also minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, and even adding some firmness to the skin. Here’s how it works:
The original laser skin resurfacing procedures used a laser to essentially remove the outermost layer of skin. This resolved surface damage (because the damaged skin was removed) while also jump-starting the body’s healing process. Part of the healing process is to produce more collagen, a natural protein that tightens the skin. The result was that fresher, younger-looking skin was revealed while the skin was tightened as well. While the results sound great, there are a few issues. First, the procedure left a very clear line where the treatment area stopped, so patients were left with this unsightly “line of demarcation.” The other problem is that this technique requires significant recovery time.
Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing, however, fixes both of these issues while still getting tremendous results. Instead of treating every single millimeter of the skin, I use the innovative DOT™ laser, which sends tiny columns of laser light into the skin, creating a pattern of dots—an even less invasive and more advanced method than most other fractionated laser treatments. As medical research has found, this actually stimulates the body’s healing process not only for the treated dots, but also for all the untouched skin between the dots as well, which means patients still achieve exceptional results but with dramatically less downtime and without the line of demarcation that earlier laser treatments left behind. Plus, like the other procedures in my line of minimally invasive Band Aid cosmetic procedures, Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing can be performed in-office with gentle numbing. This means a simpler process and a significantly lower cost.
Laser treatments are just one of the many ways to look younger for men and women who do not yet need a facelift or a Band Aid Mini Facelift. But the DOT™ procedure is also a terrific complement to facial rejuvenation surgery, too, because it can polish your results by addressing the signs of aging that aren’t affected by surgery, and it can also reduce the appearance of your surgical scars. To learn more about Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing and whether you may be a candidate, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more plastic surgery tips and helpful information, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Most patients who are considering plastic surgery to combat signs of aging have heard of mini facelifts—milder, less invasive versions of the traditional face lift. But did you know that mini face lifts vary from one surgeon to the next? The Band Aid Mini Facelift is a cosmetic surgery I developed as a result of an exceptional fellowship I completed at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in New York City. Not only is it easier on your body than a typical facelift, but it can actually be performed in-office using gentle numbing, rather than the general anesthesia that lengthens your recovery time. If you’re curious whether the Band Aid Mini Facelift may be the right option for you, check out my video below.
One of the most important parts of the plastic surgery process is identifying the procedure that best suits your needs, but fortunately, it’s not a decision you need to make (or should make) on your own. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I’m here to offer you advice and recommendations based on more than twenty years of experience helping thousands of patients become their most confident and beautiful selves. To discuss your surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation options, schedule an initial consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more cosmetic surgery tips, the latest industry news, and more, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.