Frequently Asked Questions
Most patients say they feel little or no pain during surgery. Although you will be aware of some sensations such as pressure, these should not be uncomfortable. We will give you an injection of local anaesthetic in the brow and lower-forehead to numb the area. This injection can sting a little, but we will give you some medicine to make you drowsy before we do this.
This is a more invasive surgery so there will be more discomfort after the operation. You may feel a slight ache and tension in the area for a few weeks. Painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen will settle this.
Depending on the type of your operation you will have a pad placed over the area at the end of the operation. This will stay on until the next day. When you take the pad off there may be some bruising and bleeding. Ice packs will help reduce this. Cover the area with clean gauze, apply an ice pack for 30 minutes followed by a 30 minute break, then repeat. This should be done continuously during the first 48 hours following surgery whilst awake. Sleeping with extra pillows to raise the head also helps reduce bruising and swelling.
You will be given an antibiotic ointment to apply to the wound 3 times a day. If you feel any pain, painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen may be taken. Do not exceed the maximum dose. After a mid-face lift you may also be given antibiotic tablets 1 week. Avoid swimming for at least 2 weeks after the operation.
Malar bag excision:
Initially the area is swollen. The face is an area that heals relatively quickly. The swelling and bruising can disappear in 2-3 weeks.
You may feel some discomfort, mainly tension in your face (as the tissues have been pulled upwards). This takes longer to heal, usually a few months before final result is achieved.
The scars will fade gradually, but in any case tend to be hidden within hair or natural wrinkles.
This depends on the nature of your work. There may be bruising and swelling after surgery and some discomfort. Avoid strenuous activity, heavy lifting and swimming for at least two weeks after surgery.
You should not drive or operate machinery for 48 hours after a general anaesthetic and 24 hours after intravenous sedation.
Normally, you will be reviewed 1-2 weeks after your operation. As the wound is under tension we prefer to leave the stitches in for at least 10 days. Sometimes we remove the stitches in two stages, during separate appointments, rather than all at once.
As with any operation there is a small risk of complication. Serious complications such as infection or significant bleeding are extremely rare. We will aim to achieve perfect symmetry between the two sides, but sometimes this is not possible.
Occasionally more than one operation is necessary to achieve the best result.