Local anesthesia—used to block pain, but you will not be asleep
Description of Procedure
The exact procedure will depend on what your needs are. Incisions are often made along the hairline from the temple to the scalp under the ear lobe. The skin will be pulled back to expose the underlying tissue. Fat may be redistributed, removed, or sculpted. The underlying muscles are tightened.
The skin is draped over the reshaped structures. Excess skin will be trimmed away before it is stitched back into place.
How Long Will It Take?
A few hours
How Much Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia will block pain during the procedure. You will be given pain medication.
At the Care Center
Right after the procedure, you will be brought to a recovery room where the staff will monitor your blood pressure, pulse, and breathing. Recovery may also include:
Antibiotics to prevent infection
Medication to prevent blood clots
You will need to keep your head and neck in a neutral and upright position, even for sleeping.
Be sure to follow all your doctor’s instructions about wound care to prevent infection.
Call Your Doctor
Contact your doctor if your recovery is not progressing as expected or you develop complications such as:
Persistent bleeding or drainage from the incision site
Signs of infection, including fever, chills, redness, or warmth
Pain that does not go away with the medication you were given
If you think you have an emergency, call for emergency medical services right away.
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