A lot of people want to have facial plastic surgery but are afraid of what can happen after the procedure. And such worry is felt not only by those who will be undergoing a facial plastic procedure for the first time but also by those who have heard about stories of botched surgeries are what could happen to them. Thus, it is important to talk to your doctor first to get all the facts straight. To help you with your inquiry, here are some events to expect after facial plastic surgery.
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Expect a lot of swelling. This is perhaps the most uncomfortable side effect of facial plastic surgery. The areas where you were operated on will experience a great deal of swelling. This does, however, subside after a few days. Just follow your doctor’s orders and apply a cold compress to reduce the swelling. Also, keep yourself active as good blood circulation and staying upright can greatly reduce the swelling after a few days.
As the swelling subsides, it will be replaced by bruising and discoloration. This just means that the healing process is underway. This goes away in about 8 to 10 days and so will most discomfort.
Lastly, don’t expect to see the full results after the surgery. It can take months before you get accustomed to changes in your face. Avoid unhealthy diets, alcohol, and smoking for the time being to speed up the healing process and get the most out of your facial plastic surgery.
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Dr. Alton Ingram is a Nashville, Tennessee-based plastic surgeon whose practice focuses on all kinds of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, except craniofacial surgery. He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals on human anatomy, surgical techniques, medical devices, finance, and law. For more insightful reads on facial plastic surgery, visit this page.