Facelift Recovery Time

You’re excited about the refreshed you that your upcoming facelift will uncover. As you anticipate your new appearance, there are some post-op facts to consider in order to ensure you feel your best.

Before your surgery, it’s important you that make a consultation or introductory appointment with your surgeon to discuss the potential recovery process and healing time after surgery, as well as your ultimate expectations, from your procedure.

Following are some things that you can expect during your facelift recovery time, as well as all that is involved with healing after a facelift surgery.

  • Minor post-operative discomfort. Your surgeon will do his or her best to ensure that you experience the least discomfort possible after your surgery; but as with any other cosmetic surgical procedure, your body will undergo a certain amount of stress, which activates pain receptors. Ask your doctor which medications are safe for you to take in small doses to alleviate the temporary pain and discomfort you may feel.
  • Bruising and swelling. Even with post-operative draining and compression efforts by the nursing and medical staff, you will still likely experience a fair amount of bruising and swelling. You can combat this by continuing compression efforts once you’re at home. The periodic application of ice packs to fit the contours of your tender face are a good way to help reduce swelling and bruising.
  • Numbness and tightness. Due to the anesthesia used and the stress that your face undergoes during surgery, you may feel numbness and tightness for several days up to a few weeks after your surgery.
  • Attention to incisions. Check and clean your incisions daily, according to your medical professional’s instructions, until they are removed by your doctor.
  • Make and show up for your follow-up visits with your surgeon. Whether it’s to check your incisions, remove your incisions or simply to see how you are feeling, go to all of your follow-up visits to make sure you have the best chance at a swift and full recovery period.
  • Recovery and healing time. While the swelling and bruising will abate after a few weeks, it will probably be a few months before you see the full effects of your surgery.