Will I have bandages on my face following a facelift? If so, for how long will they remain?
The facelift procedure is concluded in the operating table with the placement of a bandage that is placed around the head and neck. The purpose of the bandage is to prevent the formation of hematomas (a collection of blood under the skin) and seromas (a collection of fluid under the skin). The bandage applies a slight gentle pressure on the skin. The minimal pressure is required to help the skin “stick” back down to the underlying tissues. The day after the facelift procedure, I see the patient back in the office. At that time, the bandage is removed. The face and incisions are all checked and they are cleaned. A Velcro adjustable bandage is then placed. This bandage is soft and applies very gentle pressure. It is not uncomfortable and will not cause any discomfort. This bandage then stays on for the following 5 days. It can be removed for eating and brushing teeth, but should remain on for approximately the entire day and night. On the fifth day, the patient returns to the office. On this day, the patient will have the sutures around the ears and chin removed. The bandage is replaced. This bandage should then be worn for approximately 5 more days, but only at night. On the 10th day, the patient returns to the office and the small sutures on the back of the scar inside the hair are removed. From here on down, the swelling and the bruising will quickly resolve. Most patients are able to return to normal activity and work at about 2 weeks after surgery. Any bruising that remains after the 2 week mark is usually minimal and can be concealed with make up if necessary. By enlarge, most patient that undergo the facelift procedure are very happy with the results. Posted by Dr. Bustillo