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After a surgical facelift, it is common to want to resume your regular routine as soon as possible. The desire to return to your ‘regular’ lifestyle poses a problem: it can compromise the quality of your healing process and affect the overall results of your facelift. To get the best results following surgery, there are five crucial things you can do to respect your body and protect your facelift results.

1. Listen to Your Surgeon’s Instructions

Many of the post-surgical rules can feel excessive, but they are in place for a reason. If you do not understand why you cannot do something, ask questions. Your surgeon can explain how it can affect your healing.

2. Actively Monitor the Incisions

Although infections are rare, monitoring the incision sites is critical to catching small problems before they become serious. Always wash your hands with soap and water before examining or touching your surgical sites, and while you are inspecting, make sure all stitches and sutures are intact. Cleanse your incision sites according to your doctor’s instructions and be as gentle as possible to prevent irritation.

3. Walk Around

As long as you have the all-clear from the surgeon, it is important to walk around. Staying in one static position risks bedsores, blood clots and other significant problems. Gentle walking keeps your blood flowing and your strength up.

4. Elevate Your Head

When you are lying down, use comfortable pillows to elevate your head. This will drain fluids away from your face, reduce swelling and relieve any pressure from excess fluid.

5. Wear Sunscreen

Once you are ready to head outdoors, keep out of direct sunlight. Not only does it contribute to the signs of aging and skin cancer, but it can also compromise your ability to heal and slow down your recovery. Ask your doctor when you can safely apply sunscreen following surgery and add a wide-brimmed hat for extra sun protection.

Protecting Your Facelift Results is Worth the Wait

It is normal to want fast recovery and a return to normal activity as soon as possible but following the surgeon’s instructions and being patient will pay off in the long run. Beautiful, long-lasting results are worth the wait.

If you are ready to discuss your facelift possibilities, contact the office of double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joshua D. Rosenberg today.

Posted on behalf of Joshua D. Rosenberg, M.D.

234 East 85th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10028

Phone: (212) 241-9410


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Joshua D. Rosenberg, M.D.

4.9 / 5.0

Based on 11 reviews

Tonio Jennifer

Knowledgeable Doctor, great staff...somehow Dr Rosenberg makes you feel that no matter the odds he will come thru for you and with me he did so many times

Karmita Avila

I haven't the opportunity to meet the doctor yet, I have an appointment. I was referred by an ENT doctor in NJ, Dr. Douglas Leventhal, nice, young, excellent bed manners. Unfortunately he does not reconstruction nasal perforation, but he was very interested in helping me, and he referred me to a colleague in NY, and asked me wait a call from them, otherwise to call him back if they didn't contact me. Thanks GOD, they are very efficient and received, today two calls , I finally got to talk to Evelyn, very kind, and patient, gave me the appointment, I hope that my present health problem due to bad medical practice years ago, Dr. Rossenberg, can reconstruct my septum. I thank you from deep of my heart.

Nada Alkhawam

I want to thank DR. Rosenberg for his time and he’s amazing staff,he did a wonderful job operating on my face moving the cyst last Tuesday , I couldn’t believe my self the way he operates berly any brosis, he’s amazing surgeon , and he’s staff especially Ann& daina they are on top everything sweetheart they answered all my questions, with friendly since humor, I’m so lucky to have him As surgeon

Theresa Norris

Excellent surgeon supported by caring medical team members. Highly recommend.

Jan Wong

Dr. Rosenberg and his staff are thoughtful, caring and made me feel at ease during my procedure and at my follow up visits. Highly competent and friendly staff. Definitely recommend.

Sue Bee

An excellent Doctor who is kind and compassionate. He genuinely cares about his patients and their well-being.

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Joshua D. Rosenberg, M.D.
234 East 85th Street, 4th Floor
New York NY 10028

(212) 241-9410

Opening hours:
Monday & Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Joshua D. Rosenberg, M.D.
2052 Richmond Road
Staten Island NY 10306

(718) 420-1279

Opening hours:
Monday & Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM