Frequently-Asked Questions

CAN I GO BACK TO WORK THE NEXT DAY AFTER SURGERY?

Due to some bruising it is best to take 2-3 days off after surgery. Depending on the surgery there may be sutures that stay in for 1-2weeks. For CO2 resurfacing procedures it is important to remember the area that was treated will be red so it is a good idea to take 5-7 days off of work and stay out of the sun for 4-6 weeks to avoid hyper pigmentation.

WHAT TYPE OF ACTIVITY CAN BE DONE AFTER SURGERY?

It is best to take a few days off from strenuous activity (weight lifting, exercise, bending over and picking up heavy things.) and gradually get back into the routine of exercise. Usually going back to work is not a problem as long as a patient is aware of the limitations when it comes to lifting or straining.

CAN I SHOWER AFTER SURGERY?

You can shower the day after your surgery allowing the water to run off the back of the head and not down in the eyes or face. If you have had a procedure where incisions are in the hairline wait at least 4 days and use baby shampoo to wash hair.

WHAT ABOUT MAKE-UP?

If possible try not to wear make up for 5-7 days after surgery. For CO2 Full Face resurfacing wait at least 10 days before wearing make up. If you have questions regarding skin care following your procedure we can schedule a consultation with one of our Aestheticians.

WHAT IF I STILL HAVE SOME BRUISING 7 DAYS AFTER SURGERY?

If this is the case continue on the warm compresses a few times a day will help eliminate this.

I HAVE SWELLING UNDER MY EYES AND ON MY UPPER CHEEKS IS THIS NORMAL?

It is normal to have swelling that falls to your cheeks even though you might have had surgery on you upper lids. The swelling sometimes looks like there is fluid built up in your cheeks; this will subside and improve as you continue to heal. Remember everyone heals different.

I NOTICE SOME BLOOD STAIN TEARS?

This is very common for a few days after surgery, but will subside.

WHAT ABOUT CONTACT LENS WEAR?

A patient needs to be out of contact lenses at least 3 days after surgery.

WHEN CAN I WASH MY FACE?

Depending on the surgery you have you can wash your face the next day being careful around the surgery area. It is best not to wash those areas, just use warm compresses. Warm compresses will help carry any debris away from suture site.