Steps to Take Before and After Facial Surgery

Facial Surgery in Philadelphia and Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and Cherry Hill, New Jersey

As common, convenient, and effective as facial surgery is, it’s easy to forget that it’s still a medical procedure that requires careful preparation and postoperative care. But with the right before and after approach, facial surgery can deliver the results you want with very little disruption to your life. Philadelphia cosmetic surgeon Dr. John J.W. Lee offers a number of facial surgery options to help you improve your appearance. He will provide you with close, personal care through every step before and after your procedure. Call our office at (610) 789-6701 to schedule your initial consultation.

Before Facial Surgery

Dr. Lee will ask you to stop smoking before you undergo any type of facial surgery. Quitting is very important because nicotine disrupts blood flow and makes healing more difficult. Not to mention that tobacco cessation is a good decision for your overall health. For the same reason, Dr. Lee will identify any medications you should stop taking prior to facial surgery, as well as how long you will have to go without these pills prior to the procedure. Medications you'll be asked to stop taking might include:
  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen
  • Prescription blood thinners
  • Some vitamins
  • Herbal remedies and supplements
Depending on your medical history, you might also be prescribed certain medications prior to surgery. This could include an antibiotic to decrease the risk of infection after the procedure. You’ll want to have a friend or family member drive you home after your surgery, so make plans in advance. Remember, you’re recovering from a medical procedure, so you shouldn’t drive yourself.

After Facial Surgery

Dr. Lee will provide you with specific post-operative care instructions once your procedure is over. In order to maintain results after your facial surgery, it's vital to follow these instructions as closely as possible. If you get anxious, always bear in mind that your body needs time to recover after any type of surgery. Key steps will include:
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Avoid undue strain – have a willing friend or family member on-call to help you with daily tasks
  • If you wear contact lenses, avoid putting them in for a week or so after the procedure
  • Take all prescribed pain killers, antibiotics, and other medication
Be sure to keep all of your followup appointments. This will give you the chance to ask any questions or express concerns while Dr. Lee checks the progress of your recovery.

Long-Term Results

The first few weeks after facial surgery mark only the beginning of what could be a long-lasting new and improved appearance. To maintain your ideal look, steps you should take over time include:
  • Avoiding excess sun exposure – UV light increases the rate at which your skin ages
  • If you've undergone eyelid surgery, wear sunglasses to protect the sensitive areas around the eyes
  • Continue to avoid smoking
  • Limit your consumption of alcohol
All of these factors can not only age the skin prematurely but lead to adverse health effects over time. Limiting your exposure to all of them can benefit not just your face but your entire body. To learn how facial surgery can improve your appearance and what's involved in the steps before and after, please contact Dr. John J.W. Lee, MD, FACS, or call (610) 789-6701 today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Lee is proud to serve patients in and around Philadelphia.