1) When can I take a shower?
You can take a shower within 24 hours of most surgeries. After liposuction procedures, you can shower after 48-72 hours. Our rhinoplasty patients can bathe but they need to keep their face dry for a week.
2) Will I have bandages?
For most procedures, bandages will be removed after 24 hours.
Our face lift patients do not have bandages.
3) Can I get the stitches wet?
It is ok to get the stitches wet for most surgeries after 24 hours. It is important however that you follow your post-operative instructions on how to clean the suture line following bathing.
4) When can I have a glass of wine?
You will need to refrain from alcohol consumption until you are off your pain medications, after that time, it is ok to have a glass of wine.
5) When can I exercise?
This really depends upon what surgery you are having. Usually, you will be able to exercise between 1 and 6 weeks following surgery. Walking is always ok following your procedure. For most surgeries, you can return to your pre-surgical exercise regimen after three weeks. If you have had a tummy tuck, however, you will need to wait 6 weeks.
6) When can I wear makeup?
After facial surgery, makeup can be worn 7 to 10 days following your procedure.
7) How long will I be bruised?
If you do have bruising, that usually resolves within 1 to 2 weeks.
8. When can I go swimming?
This again, depends upon what surgery you are having. For the most part, you can swim after 3 weeks. If you have had a tummy tuck, you will need to wait 6 weeks.
9) When can I have relations after surgery?
If you are not having any discomfort from your surgery you can resume sexual relations. For the most part, this will be after three weeks except if you have had a tummy tuck, in which case it will be after 6 weeks.
10) How long do I wait after my consultation to schedule my surgery?
Once you make the decision that you would like to schedule your surgery, you can do so right away. All you need to do is decide when you would like to have the procedure done and our office will work with you to get your surgery scheduled as close to your chosen date as possible.
11) How much pain will I have after my surgery?
Most patients seem to experience less pain than they expect from their surgeries. We give our patients pain medication that will help to keep them comfortable during their post-operative course.
12) How long will my face lift last?
Environmental factors such as smoking and sun damage play a roll in reducing the longevity of a face lift. In addition, genetic factors play a roll as well. If you are a person who looks good for your stated age, then you will tend to look good for a longer period of time after a face lift.
If you take a pair of identical twins, one has a face lift and the other does not. After ten years, the twin that had the procedure will continue to look better than her sister who did not have the procedure.
13) Will the fat come back after liposuction?
Once fat is removed from an area, it does not come back. Liposuction is not a weight reduction tool; rather, it is used as a contouring tool. If, after your liposuction, you remain at your same weight, your liposuction will be permanent. If, however, you gain weight- all bets are off.
14) What is Juvederm and how long will a Juvederm injection last?
Juvederm is similar to other hyaluronic acid products such as Restyline. Hyaluronic acid is a component of normal skin. It is an injectible filler that is used to fill in wrinkles and hollows. It lasts on the average of 6 months to a year.
14) What is Botox and how long does it last?
Botox is used to relax those muscles that cause frown lines. An example would be the “coma” marks between the eyes that make a person look like they’re scowling. An injection of botox can be effective for 3 to 5 months. It appears that if you routinely get your botox injections, they seem to last longer.