Summary: For men and women who want to enliven their appearance and enjoy a refreshed look, facelift surgery can be a wonderful option. A face lift, or rhytidectomy, not only rejuvenates facial features to help you look younger and more well-rested, you may also experience an increase in confidence as you embrace a more revitalized version of yourself. In fact, some people even report getting a career boost from cosmetic surgery.

If you’ve made the decision to get a facelift, preparing for your surgery and recovery is an important part of the overall process. Of course, you’d like your healing to go as smoothly and swiftly as possible, which is why it’s a good idea to check out the following facelift recovery tips.

1. Keep Your Head Up

When you sleep, you’ll want to prop your head up with several pillows so that your head is elevated higher than normal. You’ll want to do the same if you’re sitting back in a chair to watch TV. This helps to drain the fluids from your face and can also improve swelling more quickly, so that your improved facial features can reveal themselves sooner rather than later.

2. Get Plenty of Rest

Downtime is the best gift you can give yourself during your recovery from facelift surgery.

By getting plenty of rest and relaxation, you help the body to heal. It’s important to minimize your stress during this time and to get as much sleep as you need. During your waking hours, take it easy and use this as time to catch up on a good book or some of your favorite TV shows or movies.

3. Gentle Walking Is Important

Your cosmetic surgeon will tell you when you can resume your normal exercise, and in the initial days and weeks after your facelift, you need to avoid physical exertion. You should also refrain from bending over to lift heavy objects, as this can cause a rush of blood to the face. However, it’s recommended that you walk around regularly, as this helps to improve blood circulation which promotes healing. Walking around your house for 5 to 10 minutes every few hours is enough to keep your blood moving.

4. Be Careful with Your Hair

Your cosmetic surgeon will have made incisions along your hairline, so this area will be quite tender. For this reason, you shouldn’t comb or brush your hair, as that motion could tug at the incisions. Consult with your cosmetic surgeon about whether using dry shampoo is the preferred method for you during your recovery.

5. Embrace Healthy Choices

A healthy diet that’s rich in fruits, vegetables and lean protein can support your facelift recovery, aiding in tissue healing and bolstering the immune system. It’s also important to avoid smoking as well as to limit your alcohol intake.

6. Focus on the Positive

It can be challenging to wait for your final facelift results to emerge. If patience is a virtue you have in short supply, you can try to make the waiting game more fun by looking at before and after pictures of facelift procedures to help inspire you. If it’s troubling for you to look at yourself as you heal, you can avoid looking at your reflection in the mirror. You may want to plan for how to celebrate your face lift, imagining a new haircut or other ways to accentuate your improved appearance and your natural-looking facelift results.