Initial healing may include some swelling, numbness and discomfort that can be controlled with medication. An itchy scalp, particularly at the incision sites, is also common. Some facial movements may be restricted or temporarily impaired. These are all common conditions.
Your plastic surgeon will instruct you to keep your head elevated at all times until initial swelling has subsided. You will be provided specific postoperative instructions including cleansing of your face and hair.
Follow all instructions carefully; this is essential to the success of your outcome. A return to light, normal activity is possible as soon as you feel ready, usually within a few days of surgery.
Initial wound healing may take 5 to 10 days, at which time any sutures or clips will be removed, if necessary. You will be ready to return to work and normal activity at this time. Cosmetics can camouflage any bruising that remains.
Healing will continue for several weeks as swelling continues to dissipate and incision lines refine and fade. Diligent sun protection is essential until the healing process is fully complete. Continue to follow your plastic surgeons instructions and attend follow-up visits as scheduled .