What Do You Need to Know!

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the surgical procedures that we offer at Persona, Glasgow. As you can appreciate, due to the range of procedures we offer it is not possible to give specific detailed answers for every potential question. If you have specific issues that we have not addressed, our team would be happy to answer these on the phone or ideally in person as your question might relate to a specific condition you have which may require examination.

As part of your consultation in Glasgow, Edinburgh or Stirling, you will meet your care coordinator and your consultant. They will be able to answer any questions that you may have and walk you through the patient journey and explain what to expect from your treatment with Persona, Glasgow.

Our Glasgow team have assembled a list of frequently asked questions, but you are welcome to contact us if you have a specific question, you think we can help you with.

The length of time it takes any individual to recover from surgery depends on many factors, such as your general health, the type of procedure undertaken, the type of anaesthetic used, etc.

However, for a significant facial surgical procedure, such as a facelift, brow lift, rhinoplasty, it can take around six weeks or so. This is dependent on the scale of the procedure and your general health and fitness and for some minor procedures such as ear or eyelid surgery people may feel well after two to three weeks with very few limitations on what social activities they can engage in.

As part of the consultation process your surgeon will be able to advise what the expected recovery time might be and what you should and should not do during this time.

Also, if you are looking to undertake a non-surgical treatment there may be some downtime required for these also and again your practitioner will be able to advise you on this.

This depends on the type of surgery you undertake. For some of the more significant procedures, such as face lifts, brow lifts and rhinoplasties, moderate pain will be experienced which normally can be controlled with standard pain medication that you can get over the counter in your pharmacy, this pain should subside and stop in 1-2 weeks after surgery.

Directly after surgery in Glasgow, you are likely to experience a level of pain around the surgical sites and based on a pain assessment prior to discharge you will be given take home medication to manage this for the first few days.

In the case of procedures under local anaesthetic such as earlobe repair or ear correction, the pain will be moderate and should subside within a week. Again, this can be managed with over-the-counter medication.

If at any point after surgery, you experience bouts of severe pain this may indicate an infection or other complication, and we would request you contact us immediately.

In many cases multiple procedures can be done as a single combined procedure such as a face and neck lift which are traditionally done as a single surgical episode. However, in some cases multiple procedures may be carried out as separate surgical episodes. This is a decision that will be made by the surgeon and the patient considering a range of factors, but the main considerations will be patient safety and optimising the outcome.

As with any procedure, the results cannot be guaranteed and in a small percentage of cases revision surgery may be required to ensure the best outcome and, in most cases, these are smaller procedures required to carry out minor corrections.

For patients who have undergone a general anaesthetic procedure it is likely that you may start driving a car one week after your procedure, however patients should only do this when they can operate a vehicle without any pain around the surgical sites and when their head and neck movement or vision are not restricted.

At this point patients should not be using pain medication, and specifically patients should not drive a vehicle or operate equipment whilst taking medication where the information supplied explicitly states this.

There are many factors that impact how long the effects of facial surgery will last, such as your skin condition, the extent and type of surgery and unfortunately your age. All of these are contributory factors and there is no way of knowing the effectiveness of a procedure prior to a detailed examination by a surgeon. Even then a surgeon will be able to give an estimation of how long lasting the effects of surgery might be, but they will not be able to give a guarantee. Typically, the range would be 5-15 years.

With non-surgical options the same problem exists however as their effectiveness is likely to be over a much shorter time then there is a greater level of predictability, as an example standard dermal fillers have a typical effectivity period of around 6 months and semi-permanent fillers will last 12-18 months. The effects of botulinum toxin injections will last for 3-4 months normally. Therefore, the effectivity periods for these treatments are more predictable.

Your surgeon or practitioner will be able to give you guidance on this at your consultation.

Walking is the best and easiest form of exercise to undertake after surgery and we encourage all patients to do this as soon as practically possible, but we would ask patients to be cautious as sometime the effect of a general anaesthetic can linger for a few days and patients may feel unsteady on their feet. Building up the duration and speed of your walks will help improve your general health and aid your recovery.

Patients should not attempt any form of intense physical exercise for typically five to six weeks post op, if they have had significant surgery, after which you will typically be able to return to some of your normal exercise routine. Heavy lifting and strenuous running are still not recommended, but light jogging and stretching should be fine by this time.

Your surgeon will be able to give you specific guidance on what exercise you can or can’t do after surgery.

During your consultation your surgeon and care coordinator will discuss the recovery and aftercare process with you and part of this will cover items such are resuming normal daily activities including returning to work.

The two main considerations will be the type of surgery that you have undergone and the type of work you do. In many cases for some of the minor procedures you should be able to return to work within 1 week, however for the more complex procedures this might be 2-3 weeks and if you have a more strenuous physical job, it may be slightly longer again.

One other consideration in terms of your job might be the environment where you work, as with most procedures there will be a level of bruising and swelling which may take a week or two to subside and you may not wish to appear in public until this has resolved.

When planning your procedure or treatment you should take these factors into account and allow sufficient time for your recovery.

Due to the range of surgeries, we offer at Persona, Glasgow, there is a wide range of times, some operations take around 30-60 minutes for procedures under local anaesthetic such as ears, earlobes, upper eyelids, however a procedure such as a facelift might take 1.5 – 2 hours and some combination procedures can take between 2-3 hours. The surgeon and your coordinator will discuss this with you during the consultation process.

All of our activity is carried out at the Glasgow Day Surgery Centre which is a custom-built facility designed with the specific aim of ensuring patients have their surgery and return home later that day.

Notwithstanding the above, patient safety is still our focus, and you will be fully assessed prior to surgery and if you are having a more complex procedure. If you have any significant underlying health issues, or if the surgeon has any other concerns, it may not be possible to have day surgery and in that case, you would have to be treated as an inpatient at a local hospital.

If you are travelling from a distance, it might be advisable to stay locally overnight rather than travel in a car for several hours after your procedure. Our admin team have agreements in place with local hotels at very competitive rates for patients and their companions.

Unfortunately, with any form of surgery there will be scars but with certain facial procedures these may be internal, such as inside the mouth or inside the nose. However, for other procedures there will be external scarring.

The size and appearance of these scars can be impacted by several factors, including the surgical techniques used, the skill of the surgeon, the location and length of the incisions, and how well your skin heals on an individual basis. One of the best guides is to look at other scars you might have from previous surgery or minor accidents and see how these have healed.

In general terms, surgeons are normally able to hide facial surgery scars discreetly, either above the hairline or behind the ears or earlobes so they are not visible at all.

The time for scars to settle to their final appearance can take up to 12 months and there are several things we can do to help minimise their appearance such as gentle massage, silicone gels and certain skin tightening treatments.

For rhinoplasty patients only, you will be asked to return after 1-2 days to have the “packing” removed from your nostrils and to check there is no significant bleeding.

For all patients, at 1 week after surgery you will be asked to return so that the medical staff can check that your wounds are healing as expected and as required sutures will be removed, and the wounds redressed. At this point if everything is progressing according to plan your next appointment will be a review appointment with the surgeon at 6 weeks after surgery. Thereafter, if your recovery goes to plan you will see your surgeon at 8 months after your surgery for a final review at which point you will be discharged.

For non-surgical patients there is no routine follow up schedule.

All patients have the ability to contact us any time 24/7 after their surgery, should they have a concern.

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