After Your SMART Facelift
Following the procedure, patients can reduce their risk of bruising and swelling if they keep their head elevated, keep cool compresses over the cheeks, and avoid straining or strenuous activities. To help stabilize the healing process, the cheeks should protected from tension for about one month. For example, facial massages are to be avoided and patients should take care when washing their face or shaving not to stretch their cheeks and jowls downward.
It is recommended that a head strap be worn during the initial healing phase to help maintain the newly elevated cheek position. After a few weeks, significant healing will have occurred, ensuring that your results will last for years.
Additional procedures may be performed simultaneously with the SMART Facelift. For example, an upper eyelid lift, a lower eyelid lift, structural fat grafting, facial or neck micro-liposuction, and laser resurfacing may all be performed under local anesthesia in appropriately selected patients.
Patients with moderately lax skin should consider non-surgical skin tightening and collagen replenishment prior to the SMART Facelift. In some cases, it is advisable to have these procedures after the facelift.