Are you thinking about a facelift, but worried about the recovery? You’re not alone, because the recovery timeline is one of the biggest concerns for men and women considering a facelift.
What is a facelift?
A facelift or rhytidectomy is a facial rejuvenation procedure that restores the youthful appearance of the face. It reduces folds and creases around the nose and mouth, and tightens loose skin on the jawline and neck. A facelift is typically done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia, and takes between 3-4 hours.
How long is recovery from a facelift?
Recovery from a facelift takes approximately 2 weeks, but this may vary, depending on the extent of the procedure done. Most patients are able to return to work after 2 weeks, and any residual bruising can be camouflaged with makeup.
What to expect during recovery
After a facelift, there is typically some swelling and bruising, but noticeable swelling should go down within 7-14 days. Some patients may also have to wear a removable chin strap for several weeks to help minimize swelling. Drainage tubes may be put in place overnight, to drain away any fluid and blood that may accumulate near the incision sites.
Light activities can be resumed after about 2 weeks, but strenuous activities should be avoided for at least 6 weeks. The final results of a facelift can take 6-12 months to show.
If you would like to reverse signs of aging and restore youthful facial contours, facelift surgery is a great option.
Would you like more information on recovery after a facelift? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.
If you are in the greater Philadelphia, PA area, The Pennsylvania Centre for Plastic Surgery is our featured practice.
You can reach them at www.drbrenman.com, or by calling (267) 687-2180.