Face Lift Pre-Post Operative Care

PRE Operative Instructions


You must be fasted prior to your procedure - DO NOT EAT, DRINK (even water) or CHEW anything for at least 6 hours before your procedure. The hospital will ring you the day before your procedure to confirm your admission time.

Notify Dr Lim of any other medications that you are currently taking.

Do not take any medication that contains aspirin, or take anti-inflammatory or herbal medication for two weeks before your procedure. Aspirin thins the blood and this can result in unnecessary blood loss during your procedure.

Please stop smoking four weeks before and four weeks after your procedure. Smoking decreases blood flow to skin and may result in tissue loss and delay the healing process, resulting in unfavourable scars.

Do not drink any alcohol two days before your procedure as it can interfere with the anaesthetic you will be given.

Arnica, available from your health food store, is to be taken before and after surgery. Arnica is available in tablet, spray and papule form. Please take as directed a day prior to surgery. Vitamin C is to be taken two weeks before and two weeks after surgery. Arnica may help to reduce bruising and Vitamin C may help to assist healing, both may result in a reduced healing time.

Do not wear any nail polish, makeup or jewellery to the hospital and leave any valuables at home.

If you have a gastric band you will need to have a fluid diet the day before your surgery and fast for at least 8hrs on the day of your procedure. 

It is recommended that you take a loose or button through shirt to the hospital to make it is easier for you to get dressed when it is time to go home.

You may also wish to take a scarf,  hat or hooded jacket to wear home to cover your dressings.

It is recommended that if you colour your hair do it prior to your surgery, as you won’t be able to colour it for 6 weeks post surgery.


POST Operative Instructions


Dr Lim will normally visit you in the hospital the morning after your surgery.

Dr Lim will be in contact with the nursing staff during your stay and you can usually go home the day after your surgery.

A general anaesthetic can take some time to recover from and if you feel a little slow and not quite yourself for a few days this is quite normal. It is recommended that you don’t drive for 3-4 days after the surgery.

After the operation your face will be swollen and bruised. Bruising and swelling can cause temporary changes to the symmetry of the face. You will need to wear a halter garment around your face, day and night for a week, and then at night only for the following week, after your surgery.  This helps decrease the bruising and swelling.

You may very gently wash your hair two days after your surgery.

You will have stitches in front of the ear on each side of your face. You will be given cream to apply to your stitches twice daily. Your sutures will remain in place for one week and will be taken out when you visit Dr Lim one week post-op.

It is important NOT to lie flat when sleeping; you must lie on a 45-degree angle, as this will decrease the amount of swelling you have. You can pop two pillows underneath your back to keep you in this position.

It is also recommended that you put ice packs around the swelling on your face 3-4 times a day for a period of 20-30 minutes; this will help the swelling to go down.

Please do not put ice directly onto your skin.

My staff will contact you daily for the first few days to make sure that you are feeling comfortable and that you are getting enough pain relief.

Dr Lim will prescribe antibiotics to take for the first week after surgery. It is very important that you take the full course for it to be effective. This will help prevent any post-op infection. You will also be given oral pain relief to take home.

Contact the rooms if any of the following develop;

  • a temperature higher than 38°C or chills
  • Severe pain or tenderness
  • Redness around the incisions which is spreading

Once you have your stitches removed, you can apply Vitamin E oil or cream to the scars.

Both Dr Lim and the nursing staff are available to you in the post operative period and indeed at any time during your recovery. Should you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to contact the rooms. If you have any concerns after hours please contact the hospital where you had your surgery and they will be able to contact Dr Lim as required.