How to Reduce Spooky Swelling After a Facelift

Facelift (Rhytidectomy) Chicago, ILOne of the most important things to remember about a facelift is that some degree of swelling will continue to persist for weeks or even months after your procedure but in about 10-14 after your facelift, you should start to notice a significant decrease in the swelling and will able to get out in public without feeling like you’re wearing a scary Halloween mask. While you’re at home, there are a few things that you can do to reduce your facial swelling, but what? Let’s take a closer look at a few suggestions.

Keep Your Head Elevated

Everyone knows that if you have a swollen ankle, you should keep it elevated, well, the rules are similar with a facelift. If you have a swollen face, you should keep it elevated and definitely shouldn’t sleep flat on your back at night. Try keeping your head elevated with a pillow while you sleep so that everything drains.

Keep Your Face Wrapped

When we send you home from Dr. Wiener’s office, your face will be wrapped in some heavy gauze which may make you resemble more of a mummy than an actual person. Make sure that you keep your face wrapped in those  bandages until Dr. Weiner gives you the go-ahead to take them off; the extra compression around your face will help ease swelling and allow everything to heal better as well.


Let’s face it when you’re in any amount of pain and when your face is swollen, you may as well delete everyone from your phone and name NSAIDs as your best friend. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) work on the inside to help alleviate pain and reduce swelling in the process.

As previously mentioned, even though it may take several months or all of the swelling to go down after your felift, taking these small measure will help you hopefully get rid of it faster. If you want to learn more about how you can get rid of facelift swelling, schedule an appointment with Dr. Wiener at our Chicago office and call us today at (773) 763-3990

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