Although ice packs are not necessary after surgery, if they make you feel better you may use them for the first 24 hours only. After the first 24 hours, you will want to remove your bandages. If you have any difficulty or encounter any discomfort from your bandages, you will be encouraged to call the surgery center immediately.
Dr. Stevens will advise you to keep your head elevated when lying down for the first 48 hours and, if possible, to sleep in a recliner or rely on several pillows to prop yourself up in bed.
Regarding medications, you will want to be sure to take the entire dosage of the antibiotic. And although most individuals experience little pain following facelift surgery, Dr. Stevens will prescribe medication to ease any discomfort you may experience.
Following surgery, patients are often concerned about the reaction from friends and colleagues. They often worry if others can tell if they've had a facelift. Most comments by others tend to relate to how rested and well you look. It is unlikely that others are aware of the true reason you look so wonderful. And, of course, Dr. Stevens and the entire support staff maintain strict confidentiality about any care offered to patients. Generally, the only way others will know the real reason you look so well is if you tell them!