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Is a Face Lift Painful?

July 23rd, 2012 Miguel A. Delgado Jr, MD

Face Lift surgery

Most surgeries involve some discomfort. Surprisingly rhytidectomy (facelift) surgery is not particularly painful but depends on how much is done and the technique of the surgeon.

Most patients experience limited pain due to the numbness caused by nerve blocks given at the time of surgery, head elevation and no pressure issues such as tight head garments or a hematoma. For those patients that have moderate pain caused by swelling and bruising, the pain can be controlled by ice packs and prescription pain medication.

If you feel over the counter medication would control your discomfort, be sure you do not take any blood thinners such as aspirin for a minimum of two weeks after surgery. Tylenol is an acceptable remedy.

Dr. Miguel Delgado a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon serving Marin and Sonoma Counties advises patients to be sure to contact their surgeon if there is a sudden onset of pain or pain that is not controlled by pain medication.

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