Bonnie J. Baldwin, M.D.
Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery
Office (713) 791-1975
Fax (713) 796-2583
FACELIFT POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS
Please abide by the following instructions carefully, as your final result will depend on
how well you care for the treated areas.
Sleep with the head of the bed elevated thirty to forty degrees for two weeks to
minimize swelling. Avoid flexing the neck as this puts tension on the skin behind the
ears. If you are using pillows for elevation, position them alternately horizontal then
vertical. This will elevate your head as well as support the shoulders and upper back.
For the first month sleep on you back. Sleeping on your side or stomach will increase
You may wear eyeglasses or contact lens if necessary. If eyelid surgery was also
performed wait ten days before wearing contact lens.
Clean suture lines around ears with hydrogen peroxide on a Q-tip daily, and then apply
a small amount of antibiotic ointment to the suture line using a Q-tip.
You may shower the day following surgery. On day one post-op, rinse hair using water
only. Some hair may be noted in the rinse at this time. Shampoo may be used to wash
your hair on the second day following surgery.
For the first month you should sleep on you back; sleeping on your side or stomach
will increase swelling.
Use blow dryers on cool or low setting; do not use curling irons for the first five weeks
following surgery. Hair coloring and permanents should not be used for six weeks
Please immediately report any elevation in temperature, sudden swelling or
discoloration, excessive bleeding, discharge from the incision sites or any signs of
We want your aesthetic surgery experience to be a positive one. Should you have
further questions please contact the office during office hours, Monday through
Thursday 8:30 A.M. until 4:30 P.M. and Friday 8:30 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. After office
hours the answering service will direct your call to Dr. Baldwin or her associate.