Most bruising and/or significant swelling usually lasts between 7-10 days.
Before surgery we recommend that you start a homeopathic supplement called Arnica Montana, which will aid in the reduction of any bruising or swelling that you might experience. After the surgery you may continue Arnica and Bromelain supplements (a mixture of protein-digesting enzymes found in pineapples), which help reduce inflammation.
The face is a privileged part of the body and contains different types of nerve fibers than other areas of the body. As a result, pain following surgery is not a prominent complaint among patients.
It will usually take 1-3 hours before the anesthetic wears off and you will be sufficiently awake to go home.
Yes, under general anesthesia or with any sedation administered, you absolutely must have someone to drive you home. For our hair restoration patients who undergo surgery under local anesthesia, you may drive yourself.
The first night after surgery we advise that you have someone spend the night with you. For our hair restoration patients there is no need to have someone spend the night.
For our cosmetic patients undergoing a face and necklift we suggest that the first night be spent in the surgery center or a surgical recovery facility (we will supply you with a list of facilities in the area). You may, of course, decide that you would like several days in a recovery facility to be taken care of.