What is the Recovery Process after a Facelift?

A facelift is a serious medical procedure. While it may help you look younger by removing facial wrinkles and tightening up your loose skin, the process itself is extensive. Your plastic surgeon should take special precautions to ensure healing is as fast and as healthy as possible, but the overall recovery time will still be four to six weeks.

Immediately Following Your Procedure

Once the surgery is complete, your surgeon will wrap the area in a supportive dressing, which stays in place for forty-eight to seventy-two hours. Drains may be used, temporarily, and will be removed prior to you leaving the recovery room. Most patients are allowed to go home the same day of their facelift, but the first twenty-four hours can be the most uncomfortable.

When leaving the office following a procedure, you will need a licensed driver to take you home. Take all antibiotics and pain management medication as prescribed and do get some rest.

The First Few Days Post-Surgery

After two to three days, you will return for dressing removal. Incisions will be examined to make sure they are healing properly and you should no longer be required to wear surgical dressings on your face. You will, however, wear supportive dressings at night for four to six weeks. You will need to keep your head elevated and as immobile as possible to help reduce swelling. Your stitches should be removed in about five days.

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The Next Few Weeks

Recovery is a long process. You may experience skin discoloration, swelling, numbness, and some pain for the first two weeks after your procedure. Do not shower the incisions until you are cleared to do so.

When Will I See Results?

Facelift recovery may take time, but you will see the results of your completed facelift within just a few days. Remember that swelling could take up to four weeks to completely dissipate, so be prepared.

What Can’t I Do?

Even after you are feeling better, there are a few things you need to avoid the first few days or even weeks following the procedure. These include:

  • Vigorous Exercise
  • Blow Drying Your Hair
  • Wearing Earrings
  • Wearing Makeup
  • Sexual Activity
  • Housework
  • Alcohol
  • Steam Saunas or Steam Rooms

By following the proper procedures given to you by your surgeon, you can expedite the recovery process. For more questions on facelift recovery or to schedule a consultation for your facelift procedure, contact the team at Jacobson & Mardirossian today by dialing 561-537-3588.