• You will be discharged home the following morning after your surgery. Most face and neck lift patients are admitted overnight for observation and pain management.
  • You will be provided with a prescription for Tylenol #3, Keflex, and Colace to fill before surgery.
    • If your discomfort is mild, you may take Tylenol plain or extra-strength instead of Tylenol #3. You may wish to consider taking a tablet of Tylenol #3 before bedtime to reduce your discomfort overnight for the first few days as needed.
    • Keflex is an antibiotic which will reduce the risk of infection, particularly when your neck drains are in place.
    • Colace is a stool softener, which may reduce constipation while taking the Tylenol #3.
  • Smoking cessation is recommended for 4 weeks pre- and post-operatively to decrease risk of infection and wound healing complications. Nicotine supplements are also not recommended given similar risk of complications.
  • Advil, Aleve, and other anti-inflammatories may increase your risk of mild bleeding and should be avoided if possible.
  • Your neck drains will be removed the following morning prior to discharge home. You may then begin to shower daily, gently washing your incisions with soap and running water.
  • Please perform a light application of Vaseline to your incisions twice daily until the sutures are removed (generally at 5-6 days post-operatively for small sutures in front of your ears and then 10 days for remaining stitch removal).
  • Please do not apply Polysporin as many patients will develop a reaction following prolonged use, which may resemble a wound infection
  • Cold compresses are recommended for the first 48 hours post-operatively. Applying cold compresses frequently (15 minutes on/15 minutes off) while awake is recommended to decrease bruising and swelling post-operatively.
  • Please avoid flexing your neck for extended periods during early healing. It is recommended to keep your neck in neutral or slightly extended position to avoid extra pressure on your neck skin flaps over the first week post-operatively.
  • After surgery, it is recommended to mobilize around your home as much as you feel comfortable. Walking short distances around your home may lower risk of complications, such as blood clots (DVT or PE).
  • Please avoid any strenuous activity, heavy lifting over 5 pounds, bending over, or exercise for 4 weeks post-operatively to lower risk of bleeding, bruising, and swelling.
  • It is important to refrain from driving while taking any narcotic pain medication.
  • Sleeping on your back with your head elevated on 2-3 pillows is recommended for 4 weeks following surgery, which also reduces swelling.
  • Your follow-up appointment will be provided to you by the office before discharge home.
  • If you have any concerns regarding the following, please call Dr. Power immediately:
    • Redness around your incisions
    • Increasing pain
    • Increased or excessive swelling, bruising, and/or firmness, especially if this occurs on one side
    • Leg swelling
    • Shortness of breath

If you have any questions during your post-operative course, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Dr. Power’s after-hours contact information will be provided.