How Soon After My Facelift Can I Shower?

shower-after-faceliftAs you age, your body has a way of reflecting the passage of time that often doesn’t meet with your approval. You don’t feel old, and yet the person looking back at you in the mirror doesn’t match up with the way you feel inside. You want to make a change for the better, but more than that, you really just want to get back to your life the way it should be – confident, active, and free. Fortunately, Dallas facelift expert Dr. Robert Schwartz is ready and able to help.

One of the most common concerns people have when considering a facelift is how long after the procedure do you have to wait before you can bathe normally. The last thing you want after having a procedure to help you feel like yourself again is to not feel like yourself, right? Of course, bathing is a natural part of that, and we have good news for you. Generally speaking, you can start taking showers again just 48 hours after your procedure.

What about baths – is the wait time different?

As opposed to showers, which subject your incisions to relatively minor water pressure, full submersion as occurs with baths, hot tubs, swimming pools, and other standing bodies of water, cause much higher pressure to be exerted on your body. This increased pressure can force water into your incisions, which can lead to infection.

To ensure the best possible results, we usually ask that you wait about 3 weeks after your procedure to take full baths, but your wait could be different depending on the specifics of your surgery. Most adults say they prefer showers for everyday bathing, so this shouldn’t cause much inconvenience. For those of you who love your baths, the short wait will make your next one even more relaxing. Whatever your preference, make sure you consult Dr. Schwartz to ensure your safety before you resume bathing normally.

So get started down the path toward looking like you again! Call your Dallas facelift expert Dr. Robert Schwartz today for a consultation.