Immediately after a procedure, you will experience some temporary swelling and bruising in the surgical sites which may last for a few weeks. For the first few nights, it is important to rest with your head elevated to reduce swelling. You can also use a cold compress to help control any swelling. You may also experience a temporary, mild discomfort at the surgical site, which may be controlled with doctor-prescribed oral medications.
Head dressing and drain tubes (if used) are removed within a few days after surgery. You can usually take a shower and wash your hair a few days later. When healing begins, you may experience numbing and/or itching at the incision sites.
Most patients recover from "open" surgery in about two weeks. However, recovery time is generally faster with endoscopic surgery with patients returning to work in about seven to ten days. It is advisable to limit physical activities such as exercising or bending over for extended periods of time for the first week after surgery.
You may feel the Endotine implant under your skin and experience some increased sensitivity in the area until the device naturally dissolves and is absorbed by the body.
It may take several months to see the final results. The length of time that your lift lasts will vary. A number of factors including your age, genetics and lifestyle all play a role in your long-term results.
Although problems are rare and usually minor, it’s important to understand that there are potential risks inherent in these (as well as any) Endotine procedures. It's best to discuss possible complications with your surgeon.
You may experience discomfort, infection or wound-healing problems over the implant. In addition, you may feel the device under your skin which may be sensitive to the touch. Much less likely, but possible, your skin or hair may become thinner over the device, and you may experience some scarring if there is a wound-healing complication around the device. Although the Endotine implants are bioabsorbable, you may experience prolonged absorption time. If your sensitivity to the device is great enough that you don't want to wait until the implant dissolves, you and your surgeon may decide to remove the implant, which requires a minor procedure.
Because some implants are anchored to bone, other risks are possible, though extremely rare; including complications with the anchor hole, bone infection, or the device may disengage from the bone, leading to a compromised surgical result or a feeling that the implant is moving under your skin.
It’s important to discuss potential complications with your surgeon and to remember that you can help minimize risks by following the advice and instructions received from your plastic surgeon, both before and after your surgery.