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Your Ultimate Guide to Facelift Recovery: What Should You Know Before Your Procedure?

Posted September 28, 2020 in Facelift

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Facelift surgery is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed for men and women every year to address localized aging in the middle and lower regions of the face. Facelift surgery is much broader than other forms of facial plastic surgery, such as brow lift surgery or eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), since it physically addresses a larger region of the face.

Woman stretches her skin in front of the mirror pretending a facelift

While many potential patients have questions about the procedure itself or the types of results they can hypothetically expect, some forget about a crucial step between the surgery and the results: the recovery.

Recovery is an essential part of the facelift process, as it can affect both your safety and the quality of your results. Unfortunately, much like all things that reach a certain level of popularity, misinformation surrounding facelift recovery is prevalent.

Here is what you need to know for your facelift recovery.

How Will I Get Home After My Facelift?

Facelift surgery is performed under sedation or general anesthesia decided upon by the anesthesiologist. With either modality, you will not be aware of what is taking place and will be safe and comfortable. You will feel groggy for a few hours after the procedure, and you will not be able to drive home yourself nor take a taxi/uber as you have been sedated. 

What Should I Expect the Night of My Facelift Surgery?

Someone you know should drive you home, and it is recommended and strongly advised that you have someone stay with you the first night to assist you as needed. An aide may be able to be provided if no one is available for you. 

Facelifts usually do not have a significant degree of pain. Some tenderness may arise, and the dressing may be somewhat uncomfortable. Light pain medicine will be provided. 

Remember to keep your head elevated to decrease swelling. We do want you to get out of bed and move to the bathroom slowly. Try to drink plenty of fluids, and avoid any alcohol or sedatives that may accentuate the lasting effects of anesthesia. 

What Can I Expect in the Days After My Facelift?

You will be checked the following day to remove the bulky dressing put on after the procedure. At that time, you will be placed in a lighter dressing that is removable with Velcro tabs. 

You will be able to shower and gently wash your hair. 

Facelift recovery does not occur overnight. You will be bruised, swollen, and tired. Some women will feel somewhat depressed during this first week. The bruising and swelling will subside significantly during this time as long as you do not do too much activity-wise. Absolutely, no alcohol, smoking, wearing makeup, or physical activity until being informed that it is ok by the office. 

What Can I Expect in the Weeks After My Facelift?

Most patients can return to their work and daily activities other than working out by about two weeks. This can sometimes happen sooner, but we recommend two weeks to be safe if the bruising lasts a little longer. 

Makeup can usually be used by day 10 post-op. It will take three to four weeks for most of the swelling to subside, and you get a real look at the results. They will continue to improve for six months. 

What Are the Complication Risks During and After Facelift Surgery?

There are complications and risks, but, fortunately, these are not common. Intraoperative risks will be discussed in the office with you at your pre-operative visit, and following the instructions given in the office prevents most of the postoperative ones. You will be seen frequently during the first two weeks to ensure your recovery is going as planned. 

Will My Facelift Results Be Permanent?

Even though a facelift has long-term benefits, it does not stop the aging process. It turns back the clock about 10 to 15 years. Maintaining the tone in the skin with good skin care products that keep the skin vibrant—with more collagen and —may prolong the results. We like a natural result, pulling too tight will turn back the clock further, but you will look unnatural for the first couple of years. 

Interested in Learning More About Facelift Surgery in Norwalk, CT? 

Contact our office to learn more about undergoing a facelift and other procedures to help you achieve your desired facial appearance and look your best. You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Rosen by calling 203-899-0000.

Norwalk Office

91 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851

Phone: 203.899.0000