Dr. Greenberg can review at-home care instructions to ensure a smooth recovery. He would be happy to answer any questions and address any concerns during your consultation.
The First Two Weeks
Normally, your surgery will be performed as an outpatient procedure, allowing you to return home the same day. After surgery, you may experience soreness, followed by some swelling, bruising, and numbness. To reduce swelling and avoid complications, you should keep your head elevated and refrain from any strenuous activity for the first week. In addition, it is important to take any pain medication Dr. Greenberg prescribes as instructed. For the first few days, you can apply cold compresses, which can help to control swelling. However, do not apply ice directly to the surgical area.
You may wash your hair after 24 hours, but any hair dryers should be used on the lowest setting to avoid injury to the surgical sites. You may also apply makeup after two days.
After Dr. Greenberg removes your bandages at your first postoperative visit, you may experience slight bleeding at your incision site. This is normal and can be easily controlled by applying gauze and pressure. If bleeding persists or increases, contact our office for instructions. Most swelling, tenderness and bruising will disappear within a month and patients can expect to return to work within two weeks. Your face and neck may feel dry for a period of time, but our team can recommend a fragrance-free moisturizer to aid in healing.
Three Weeks to a Year
Generally, patients are comfortable in public 10 to 20 days after their procedure, and any remaining bruising and swelling should disappear by the end of the first month. Numbness around your incisions is normal and should subside anywhere between several weeks to several months. There may also be some itching around your incisions, which should completely subside by the end of six months.
If you are not taking any narcotics for pain, you may resume driving whenever you are confident behind the wheel. For the first few months, you should refrain from any prolonged exposure to heat and sun, as well as saunas and steam baths. You should also avoid direct sunlight on your incisions for at least a year and protect your scars with a high SPF sunscreen for at least six months.