Facelift Tips: How to Get Rid of Post-Op Swelling

post operative care boston | Center for Classic BeautyIf you have started to lose your self-confidence because of the fine lines and wrinkles across your face and forehead, it may be time to consider getting a procedure done by Dr. Anna Petropoulos. As one of the best procedures to get, a surgical facelift involves surgically lifting the skin on your face and tightening it— getting rid of fine lines and wrinkles in the process. However, because a facelift is a relatively invasive cosmetic procedure, patients often suffer from a considerable amount of swelling afterward. To help you ease the swelling on your face, we have created a brief guide with some easy-to-use tips. Read on to learn more.

Ice It

One of the best ways that you can get rid of the swelling on your face after a facelift is to ice it. However, because your skin will be extra sensitive and tender to the touch, make sure to use a soft ice pack that can conform to your face. Try icing 30 minutes on and 30 minutes off at first.


Another great way to get rid of post-op swelling is to take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen. As long as you don’t have a blood condition or anything, you should be safe enough to take a small dose. When taking ibuprofen, make sure to take it with some food so that it doesn’t upset your stomach.


If you have swelling around your eyes, one of the best and all-natural ways to get rid of it is by using cucumber slices or oil. The cooling sensation from the cucumbers combined with their anti-inflammatory capabilities will leave the skin around your eyes visibly smoother and less swollen than before.

After you get a facelift, you want to enjoy the results right away, but the swelling can often get in the way. Luckily, by icing it, taking ibuprofen, and applying cucumbers, you can get rid of the post-op swelling faster. To learn more about facelift recovery tips, contact Dr. Anna Petropoulos today!



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