How To Reduce Swelling After a Facelift & Other Facial Plastic Surgery

Swelling after cosmetic surgery and many nonsurgical aesthetic treatments is expected. Plastic surgery swelling usually resolves within a few hours to a few weeks or longer, mostly depending on the procedure performed.

Tips for Reducing Swelling

Cosmetic surgery patients may help reduce post-treatment swelling via a variety of methods. I’ve already talked about rhinoplasty swelling in a previous post. Many of those guidelines apply to other facial surgery, such as facelifts, for my Maryland and northern Virginia patients. Other potential factors that may help with postop cosmetic surgery swelling include the following

  • Reduce salt intake
  • Limit processed foods and focus on fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Reduce spicy foods
  • Take an oral diuretic (for only a brief duration) to help urinate excess salt
  • Consider steroid injections or pills (if suitable)
  • Hyaluronidase
  • Apply facial massage or gentile compression dressing to the area

Lastly, swelling or edema in the face may be due to allergies, thyroid conditions, medication side-effects, or other medical conditions. Speak to your plastic surgeon to help determine methods to help reduce facial swelling that is appropriate for you.

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