A member asked:

How can swelling and bruising be eliminated as quickly as possible after a deep plane facelift which included a chin implant?

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Dr. Otto Placik answered

Specializes in Surgery - Plastics

Many options.: Head elevation with gentle compression, control of blood pressure and pain with topical ice compresses are best for the first 48-72 hours after surgery. Thereafter, there are some controversial suggestions such as the use of topical or oral arnica and use of manual lymphatic drainage. There are a variety of other homeopathic remedies that are even more controversial and not well studied.

Answered 9/1/2012

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Dr. David Sherris answered

Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery

Ice and arnica: Keep your head elevated, avoid things like salt that cause water retention, apply iced pads to lower lids and cheeks, and you can try arnica montana pellets. They are a natural supplement shown to diminish bruising.

Answered 9/1/2012

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Dr. Donald Yoo answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

A number of measures: Avoidong strenuous activity, wearing compressive dressings as directed by your surgeon, keeping the head of your bed elevated, and using ice and warm compresses effectively will all help to reduce swelling. Arnica and bromalin supplements have been shown to decrease bruising.

Answered 9/1/2012

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Dr. Brock Ridenour answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

Lymphatic massage: Swelling after face lift surgery can wax and wane, persisting for up to several weeks or months following surgery. Ask your doctor if you might benefit from lymphatic massage. Massage can improve circulation and thereby reduce swelling and inflammation. Superficial bruising may be helped by the vbeam laser. More controversial is the use of homeopathic remedies such as bromelain and arnica.

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. Anil Shah answered

Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery

Limiting bruising: A variety of techniques can help limit bruising, most important being gentle technique by your surgeon. Steps to limiting bruising: ice limit activity arnica compression avoiding blood thinners.

Answered 7/2/2013

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Dr. Barry Handler answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

No shortcut: Deep plane facelift proponents claim the results last longer than other types of facelift but you should know that postoperative swelling is also more prolonged and there is a higher incidence of nerve injury. As with any operation swelling can be expected. Avoiding medication that thins the blood two weeks prior will help. Also afterward elevate the operated area and use ice, arnica, bromelain.

Answered 6/23/2014

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Dr. Babak Azizzadeh answered

Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery

Part of recovery.: http://www.facialplastics.info/facelift.html there is no magical cure to rid patients of bruising and swelling after a facelift, as this is part of the recovery process. Taking arnica/bromelain may help minimize bruising, and it is best to stop taking all vitamins and herbal supplements, as well as nsaids.

Answered 5/28/2016

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Dr. Anthony Sclafani answered

Specializes in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Time,cool compresses: The best way to reduce bruising and swelling after surgery is to limit these in the first place. Cool compresses and head elevation are most important. There is minor evidence that arnica montana and bromelain may help as well. Ultimately, your body needs time to resolve both swelling and bruising.

Answered 1/18/2014

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Dr. Suzanne Galli answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Facelift healing: In order to optimize healing, you need to follow your surgeon's pre and postoperative instructions. This includes medicines and supplements to avoid to prevent bleeding, avoidance of smoking and alcohol and refraining from excessive activity after surgery.

Answered 10/31/2014

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