Resuming Normal Activities After Facial Surgery

Resuming Normal Activites

In the short term, we will ask you to change your normal life activities in a variety of ways to improve your recovery. Continuing life as usual may be detrimental to your final result. Please refer to the information below:


Do not drive a vehicle or operate heavy machinery in the first few days if you have received general anesthesia. The anesthetic tends to persist in the body for a few days and may decrease reaction time. Also, do not drive until swelling has decreased in the eye area and you have no restrictions to turning your head. Please arrange for someone to help you.

Bathing & Showering

If you have a non-removable dressing (e.g. nasal splint, ear bolster) you cannot get the dressing wet until it is removed (baths and wash clothes for the face are ok). Otherwise, 48 hours after your procedure you may shower normally. Avoid extremes of temperatures and direct jets to incision sites as this may cause discomfort and/or injury.


If you normally take a blood thinning medication that we have asked you to stop before surgery (e.g. ibuprofen, aspirin), you may resume these 1 week after surgery.

Skin & Hair Care Products

Avoid any products containing fragrance (check the list of ingredients) around incisions or resurfaced areas for 4 weeks after the procedure.

Eye Glasses & Contact Lenses:

Eye glasses are best in the immediate postoperative period. Contact lenses should only be used when swelling around the eyes has decreased. If eyelid surgery was performed, contacts should not be worn for 4-6 weeks. For nose surgery patients, no glasses of any type should be worn during the time after the protective splint is removed until about 4 weeks after your procedure.


Makeup may be worn right away after your procedure in areas away from incisions or resurfaced skin. A thick makeup base or concealer with a yellow base is useful to conceal bruising. Generally, makeup should not be applied over incisions or resurfaced areas until 2-4 weeks after the procedure (please consult with us first). Fragrance-free, hypoallergenic mineral based powders are best over these areas.

Coloring Your Hair

Do not dye hair that is in proximity to incisions until 4 weeks after the procedure.


For two weeks after your procedure, wear clothing that is not tight around the neck. In particular, for patients with incisions around the ears, wear button-down clothing that doesn't have to be pulled over your head.

Household Activities

Ok to resume at any time as long as you avoid straining, lifting, or elevating your heart rate/blood pressure.

Resuming Work & Social Activities

When you return to work depends upon the amount of physical activity and public contact your job involves, and also the amount of swelling and discoloration you develop. Many patients return to work and go out socially two or three weeks after their procedure.

Exercise & Sports

Probably the hardest part will be becoming a less active person, for a brief time, to minimize swelling and bruising. We understand less exercise may also depress your mood. When you return to exercise depends upon how your recovery has progressed. Some patients can start exercising at 50% of what they normally do at 2 weeks, while others must wait 1 month. Please ask us before proceeding.
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