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Dr. George H. Sanders

Older Woman Smiling in Her Home YardEarlier in the month, Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon Dr. George Sanders blogged about the facelift recovery period. In the post, he answered commonly asked questions about that phase of the process. In keeping with the facelift recovery theme, the doctor thought it would be helpful to compile a list of 10 must-have supplies for a smooth and stress-free facelift recovery.

  1. Prescription medications

You will be prescribed oral medication to minimize discomfort and prevent infection. Many people find it helpful to keep a written log (or start a “Note” on their smartphone) of when they take these meds — especially during the first day or two after surgery, as there may be some mild grogginess and fatigue.

  1. Ointments/creams for your incisions

Dr. Sanders or a member of our staff will go over how to clean and care for your incisions.

  1. Large pillows and blankets

You will need to sleep with your head elevated for two weeks after your surgery. Many people sleep in a recliner or propped up on large pillows. Keep a blanket or two nearby, in case you feel cold.

  1. Ice packs/bags of frozen peas

Icing the face can help soothe swelling, bruising and minor discomfort. If you don’t have ice packs, pick up a few bags of frozen peas. Check with Dr. Sanders to see what he recommends.

  1. A stocked fridge

Stock your fridge with fresh, healthy, low-sodium foods. You might not feel too hungry the first day or two, so prepare some light snacks. Fruits, yogurt, protein shakes and cheese are good options!

  1. Entertainment

You will be spending a lot of time relaxing on your couch, recliner or in bed. Set out some magazines, queue up Netflix or download some podcasts to help the time pass quickly.

  1. Disposable single-use toothbrushes (e.g., Wisps)

Buy a pack of Wisps or similar toothbrushes so you can conveniently brush your teeth in bed or on the couch without standing in front of the bathroom mirror.

  1. Stool softener

Some people are sensitive to painkillers and become constipated after surgery. Have a bottle of stool softeners at the ready, in case you need them. We also recommend Metamucil after surgery.

  1. Loose, open-front clothing

Do a load of laundry ahead of time and set out zipper or button-front garments that won’t need to slip over your head. Choose soft materials that are comfortable and baggy for maximum comfort.

  1. Your doctor’s phone number

Have Dr. Sanders’ phone number in an easy-to-reach location and don’t hesitate to call if you have a question or develop an unexpected symptom.

If you need to get ahold of our office to discuss facelift recovery or another concern or question, please call (818) 981-3333 today.