Facial Sculpting Preparations, Procedures and Post-Op Care
Everyone wants to feel attractive and look beautiful. To achieve this, many strive to have perfect facial features with the best proportions of balance, symmetry, clarity, and harmony. Facial Contouring is a cosmetic surgery designed to help patients can improve the stability of their facial features by adjusting the different areas of the face. These areas include the forehead, cheekbones, nose, chin, and jaw. In addition to physical and structural facial adjustments, patients may also utilize surgical techniques to enhance their eyes and lips with youthful radiance. For face surgeries, surgeons closely study facial proportions. Each face is divided equally by vertical lines that divide the face into five different parts from left to right. Horizontal lines then divide the face into three main areas:
Upper Face – The upper part of the face begins at the top of the hairline to the eyebrows. The proportion is about 1/3 of the face.
Middle Face – The middle part of the face starts from the eyebrows to the tip of the nose. The ratio is also approximately 1/3 of the face.
Lower Face – The lower part of the face starts from the nose tip to the chin, making up the remaining 1/3 portion of the face.
There are various facial surgeries divided into the different parts of the face.
Ensure the following preparations are done before facial surgery.
Consult and discuss with a highly skilled and experienced facial surgery plastic surgeon about surgical goals, medical conditions, and treatments.
The surgeon will evaluate the patient’s general health and request blood tests, chest and skull X-ray prior surgery.
Patients must stop smoking and drinking alcohol at least 2 weeks before the surgery.
Patients who need to perform their surgery under general anaesthesia need to also consult with an anaesthesiologist.
All blood-thinning medications like Aspirin, Ibuprofen, hormones, and some supplements must be stopped 2 weeks before the surgery.
Patients should stop eating and drinking 6 hours before the procedure.
Face Contouring Surgery Post-Operative Care
Post-surgery care may vary depending on the procedures done, but generally, the following precautions should be taken after the procedure:
Patients should elevate their heads for a few days after surgery to minimize the swelling.
Patients should apply a cold compress to the face for 30-minute intervals several times throughout the day after surgery. This helps to reduce the swelling and eases pain and discomfort.
For patients with oral surgical incisions, use mouthwash often to keep the mouth moist and help prevent any infection.
Patients should use a facial bandage accessory to support the face’s soft tissues for approximately one month, to reduce the swelling.
Patients should keep wounds clean.
Patients may wash their hair 2 to 3 days after the surgery.
Stitches will be removed 7 to 10 days after the surgery.
Patients may return to work 2 to 3 weeks after the surgery.
Patients should avoid strenuous exercise for at least one month after the surgery.
Patients should follow all post-surgery instructions and keep all follow-up appointments.
Facial Surgery Risks and Complications
Potential complications of facial surgeries are:
Infections from the surgical wounds or implants
Slow to poor healing
Pain (use pain medications or cold compress)
Numbness that may occur on or around the wound site. This is usually resolved in a few weeks, although for some it may take several months.
Questions to Ask a Doctor / Surgeon Before The Procedure
A dedicated cosmetic surgeon will take care to answer every question that a patient may pose before and after performing any procedures. It is often advised for a patient to list the questions on a paper in advance of the consultation.
Some key questions to ask a plastic surgeon before any surgery include:
Are you a board-certified plastic surgeon?
How many years of experience do you have in cosmetic surgery?
Do you have specific experiences with cosmetic surgery, such as facial plastic surgery, facial reconstruction surgery, and other beauty treatments?
Are the results I am seeking realistic?
What are the limitations of this surgery?
Will there be visible scarring?
Would I need pain medication during my recovery period?
What is the treatment plan?
Are there any concerns that I should be aware of?
How much does facial plastic surgery cost?
Pay Direct to the Hospital, No Markups.
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