Lower Face/Neck Lift Pre & Post Care

Downloadable Instructions

The general information and post-operative instructions were carefully written with you in mind. Take the time to read them thoroughly several times. We have found that faithful adherence to the guidelines will give you the smoothest recovery and optimum results. If a question does arise, first refer back to these pages. If you are still uncertain, please call our office at Alabama Surgical Arts Phone Number 334-271-2002 or 334-546-9088.

Items Needed:

  • Prescription Medications
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Q-tips
  • Distilled water

Before the Procedure

  1. Be sure to have all your medications and supplies purchased prior to surgery. These include an antibiotic (Keflex or Cleocin), pain medication (Norco), anti-nausea suppositories (Phenergan), hydrogen peroxide, and q-tips. Start your antibiotic and the SinEcch provided to you the evening prior to surgery.
  2. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the evening before your surgery. This includes water and chewing gum, candy, or mints.
  3. Please wear clothing to surgery that does NOT go over your head. A button-down or zippered shirt will make it easier to get dressed following surgery.
  4. Shampoo your hair in the evening and the morning of surgery with shampoo and conditioner only. Do not use hair gel or hairspray.
  5. Clean your face the morning before surgery. Do not apply moisturizers, powders, or make-up. DO NOT USE ANY OTHER HAIR PRODUCTS
  6. If you are a smoker stop smoking 6 weeks prior to surgery and 6 weeks after surgery to enhance wound healing and decrease the risk of complications.
  7. Stop the use of all aspirin products (see “Aspirin List”), Vitamin E, Fish oil, and Multi-vitamins two weeks prior to surgery and two weeks after.
  8. Bring your pain and nausea medication with you to surgery.

Post-Operative Care

  1. Please contact our office immediately if sudden profuse bleeding occurs. Remain calm as excitement and panic raises your blood pressure and worsen bleeding.
  2. Restart your antibiotic and Sinecch medication the night of your surgery. Take the antibiotic with a light meal to avoid nausea. Take both products according to direction until fully used.
  3. Sleep in a semi-sitting position for 2 weeks following surgery. Propped up on 2-3 pillows or sleeping in a recliner are both acceptable.
  4. Try to suppress any forceful coughing or sneezing for at least 7-10 days after surgery.
  5. Bruising may occur in the surgical area following the procedure. If bruising develops, it should be gone in 7-14 days.
  6. A low-grade fever for the first post-operative days is not abnormal. Take two Tylenol tablets for temperature elevations below 101.5°. If you have a persistent fever over 101.5° call Alabama Surgical Arts.
  7. You will have a large bulky turban-style dressing, DO NOT REMOVE or LOOSEN the facial dressing; this will be done in our office the day after surgery. After the dressing is removed you may reassume showering and hair washing as long as you are delicate and mindful of the incision areas.
  8. Men may reassume shaving with an electric razor on the fourth day after surgery.
  9. Do not color or chemically treated hair for 4 weeks following surgery.
  10. Avoid excessive facial movements, straining, or leaning forward of the head and neck for two weeks following surgery. Move your head and neck as one unit. Tightness along the incision is expected, but if you feel an increase in tightness as you move, you may be moving your head and neck too much.
  11. Do not eat food, candy, or gum after surgery that is hard to chew. A soft diet is recommended for the first three days after surgery.
  12. You may begin to use make-up and or cover-up one week following surgery. Apply very carefully avoiding tugging, rubbing, or pushing the skin.
  13. Avoid the sun, which may darken maturing scars. Protect incisions by using sunscreen with an SPF of 45 or higher.
  14. Do not drive if you are taking pain medication.
  15. You may shower and wash your hair after your first postoperative appointment.
  16. After your first postoperative appointment, you will be given a chin strap. Wear this at all times during the first week except when showering or laundering the garment. After the first week, you will only wear this at home for one week.

Care of Incisions

The day after surgery once your turban-style dressing is removed you will need to begin to clean incisions gently 2 to 4 times daily. Use a mixture of 50% Hydrogen peroxide and distilled water and q-tips. Be sure to pay good attention to any incisions behind the earlobe, you may need assistance, as these can be hard to visualize. Discard the hydrogen peroxide solution after each use and use a new solution for each cleaning.

Post-operative Appointments

The first post-operative appointment will be the day after surgery for bandage removal. One week following surgery you will have sutures removed. Two weeks after surgery you will have staples removed if used. Your doctor will recommend any further follow-up visits.