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How Long Until I’m Fully Recovered After a Facelift?

facelift can transform your look, but after surgery, it will take some time before you see the new you. What’s recovery like? How long can you expect to wait before you can enjoy a younger looking you? We’ll give you the basics below or you can call our offices and schedule a consultation with triple-board-certified Dr. Sajjadian for personalized advice.

What Is a Facelift?

A facelift is a surgical facial rejuvenation procedure. It removes excess skin, tightens muscles, repositions tissues and fat and creates a younger-looking appearance. A facelift typically creates results that can be seen on the cheeks, lower face and under the chin. Facelifts often involve incisions behind the ears and through the hairline. Minimally invasive procedures cannot match the results of a facelift.

A facelift is a surgical procedure and you’ll need to spend some time recovering. Here’s what to expect during each stage of your recovery.

Right after Surgery

Immediately after surgery, you’ll be heavily bandaged. Most patients go home shortly after surgery for recovery. You’ll need someone to drive you and to stay with you for the initial days after your surgery. Most patients find the procedure isn’t terribly painful and pain can be managed with painkillers. Take it easy and give your body time to heal. You may feel groggy and tired.

The First Few Days

You will probably see some swelling and bruising in the initial days after surgery. After a few days, you can apply makeup to cover the bruising, but the fact that you’ve had surgery will still be noticeable. Most patients find that the bruising and swelling increases the first few days and then starts to decrease around day four.

The First Few Weeks

After a couple of weeks, the bruising and swelling will have dramatically reduced. Most patients wait about two weeks before returning to work if they don’t want people to notice their surgery. Bruising is typically minimal at this point and can be covered with makeup if it remains. You may want to wait four weeks before a major appearance, taking pictures, being on camera, etc.

You’ll need to avoid exercise and heavy lifting in the weeks after surgery. You can typically resume these activities about three weeks after surgery.

If you want to look younger, call us and schedule a facelift consultation with Dr. Sajjadian, a triple board certified plastic surgeon known for his natural looking facelift results.