5 Tips for an Easier Facelift Recovery

A facelift is a surgical procedure that can help address various signs of aging, including skin laxity, wrinkles, and jowls. As a leading Dallas plastic surgeon, Dr. Stephanie Teotia specializes in a procedure known as the MACS facelift, which involves smaller incisions and less downtime for healing. This approach can be ideal for those with busy lifestyles who want to look younger while saving time and money. 

Dr. Teotia’s innovative in-office facelift uses local anesthesia and Pro-Nox, which allows patients to control the amount of sedation they receive during the procedure. After your comfortable procedure, you can return home the same day to start your recovery process. Here are some tips to help you prepare. 

1. Listen to Your Body

A shorter recovery is one of the critical benefits of Dr. Teotia’s MACS facelift technique. However, everyone heals at different rates. In general, we recommend taking at least one week off work and social obligations. During this time, rest when you are tired, keep stress levels at a minimum, and do not try to rush. Returning to your job or other activities too soon could complicate your healing process, potentially leading to setbacks. 

2. Sleep With Your Head Elevated

After your MACS facelift in Dallas, you should sleep on your back, using pillows to prop up your head. This sleeping position can help reduce swelling and promote proper healing while reducing the potential risk of putting pressure on your incisions. If you are a natural side or stomach sleeper, you can try surrounding yourself with additional pillows to ensure you do not unconsciously roll over in your sleep.

3. Eat a Balanced Diet

Your body needs plenty of nutrients while you are recovering from surgery. You may wish to prepare and freeze some healthy meals ahead of time, so you can have ready-to-eat foods on hand. Make sure to include a balance of lean protein, heart-healthy fats, and whole grains. You will also want to stay hydrated during your healing process. Always keep a full water bottle or canteen nearby to remind you to drink water. 

4. Have a Support System to Help You 

It can be beneficial to ask a responsible adult to help you with household tasks like laundry and child care while you are healing from your facelift, especially if you have younger children who still need plenty of attention.

5. Take Gentle Walks

Light activity can help with facelift recovery by stimulating your circulatory system. While you can take slow walks around your home, yard, or neighborhood, do not overexert yourself with strenuous activities like running or weightlifting. If high-impact, challenging workouts are part of your daily routine, please wait to resume those until Dr. Teotia clears you to. 

Your Partner on the Plastic Surgery Journey

Dr. Teotia prioritizes trust, communication, and personalization with all her patients. She will take time to build a friendly rapport with you, never make you feel rushed, and always answer your questions. Contact us today to learn more about choosing an in-office MACS facelift in Dallas.