The first week after my facelift – in a patient’s own words

Prior to surgery:

52 year old female shown prior to surgery. She was bothered by her neck and laxity of the lower face.

Our patient was bothered by her neck laxity and extra skin and jowls of the lower face. Let’s hear about her facelift journey in her own words.

Day of Surgery

My surgery day was great.  Dr Rihani’s team in Ft Worth were all kind and calming.  The nurse gives you a little pill to ease any “nerves” you may have (I actually got the giggles). Soon after, the anesthesiologist comes in and clearly explains what is going to happen.  Dr. Rihani comes in for one last visit to address any last minute questions or concerns.  He then puts his surgical marks and measurements on your face.  The last thing I remember is seeing a light on the ceiling in the hall to the OR painted with a beach scene. I went home after surgery with a snug dressing around my neck and head with 2 drains.  I slept the rest of the day and night in a recliner in my bedroom.

Day after Surgery

Mostly napping (per my husband). I went for follow-up and drains were removed.  I did develop a small hematoma throughout the day on one side. After sending photographs it was decided that some slight pressure was the best course of action. The pressure dressing was applied for 24 hours.  Great follow up by Dr. Rihani. I was taking narcotics every 6hours with a stool softener.  Sipping ice water and smoothie.  Most discomfort is actually a sore throat so ice water feels great on the throat. Multiple texts and calls from Dr Rihani throughout the day checking on me.

Day Two

Napped throughout the day.  Narcotics Q6hours with stool softener.  Little appetite. Protein smoothie and ice water throughout the day.

Day Three

Woke up feeling fantastic!!  Apparently I did a lot of healing throughout the night. No narcotics today, only Tylenol with stool softener .  Feeling like eating some real food today as well, oatmeal with egg whites and chicken noodle soup with lots of chicken.  Jaw and neck remain tight feeling so I would suggest food that is easy to chew and swallow. Have not had a bowel movement yet but my stomach feels fine. I have been taking Kombucha juice throughout the healing time but have a little indigestion due to antibiotics… not too bad though. Swelling seems to have peaked and is getting better.

Day Four through Six

One of the biggest adjustments has been sleeping on my back.  I am a side/face sleeper.  Monday my hubby took me in for my follow-up.  I have minimal swelling to my face but my neck has significant bruising.  I felt good enough to go to the grocery store on the way home.  I would suggest drinking a lot of water/warm fluids as well as taking a stool softener until you quit your narcotics and go to the bathroom.

Day Seven

Today I got my stitches and staples removed.  There was a little discomfort but not too bad.  I have some numbness to the ear area and chin area, otherwise there is no pain.

My Thoughts

Listen to Dr Rihani’s podcast and don’t overanalyze or worry.  Read his instructions and mark things in your calendar. Eat small frequent meals with clean protein and fiber. Stay off the weight scale and eat healthy food to promote healing. Drink plenty of fluids, limit sugary drinks. Don’t do any activity before Dr Rihani clears you.  Don’t drive before he clears you, you sure don’t want to go through all this and do something stupid!! Also, having someone to take of you the first few days is very important and having that support. I was lucky that my husband was there to help me recover.

Hopefully sharing my experience will make your journey a little easier. I cannot say enough about Dr Rihani’s talent, expertise, knowledge and kindness.

Deciding to have a facelift is a big deal.  That is why you chose a meticulous, smart, artistic, talented, trusted and respected surgeon like Dr. Jordan Rihani.  Once you make the right decision, you can put all your trust in him and relax and “enjoy the ride”.  We have all seen those “bad ” facelifts but put that worry to the side when you sign up with Dr Rihani.

Before and 6 months after surgery

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Dr. Jordan Rihani, MD FACS is a Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon who specializes in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery of the head and neck including rhinoplasty, facelift, eyelid lift, facial resurfacing, otoplasty, lip and cheek augmentation, as well as performing injectable fillers and botox. He strives to deliver the latest advances and highest quality of care to his patients and is passionate about patients being active participants in their care. After training at New York University School of Medicine, he completed residency training at UT Southwestern Medical Center and fellowship training with E. Gaylon McCollough. He has been in practice since 2015 and has been awarded Top Doc status every year since starting his practice.

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