When the procedure is over, your surgeon will choose one of two ways to protect your healing skin. One option is to apply a bandage, which will be changed one or more times during the first 10 days. The other option is to cover your face with protective ointment and give you more ointment to use at home for the first week of healing. Your surgeon will select the method that best meets your needs.
You are likely to experience some mild to moderate swelling. However, ice packs and medication prescribed by your surgeon can help you stay comfortable.
Although everyone heals at a different rate, you can expect that your recovery will follow this general time line:
The first three weeks
• your skin will be bright pink to red in color. The redness is a positive sign that the healing process is progressing and a new layer of collagen is being laid down
• you can safely apply makeup as a concealer (after about 2 weeks)
• depending on how you feel, you may be able to return to work
• you'll begin to feel a lot more comfortable.
After a month
• the redness will start to fade and you'll begin to appreciate your improved appearance.
It’s important to remember that the redness will fade gradually. Although the color will continue to diminish with every passing week, some pinkness may remain for three to four months. In the months following treatment, it’s essential to protect your face from the sun until all the color has returned to normal. If you must be in the sun, apply a strong sun block with an SPF of 15 or higher and shade your face with a visor or wide-brimmed hat. You should also wear good quality sunglasses that have filters to block 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays. If sun-related darkening occurs, your plastic surgeon may suggest using a bleaching cream to even out the color.