Interested in a facelift, but not sure about the recovery process? Lots of people think of recovering from plastic surgery as months and months of pain and bed rest. But is that really the case?
Facelifts, like many other procedures, are surrounded in myths but don’t worry, most procedures don’t delay your life for months at a time. In fact, you’ll probably be surprised how straightforward facelift recovery really is!
First things first—everybody and every body is totally different. You have to account for your age, overall health, amount of work being done, and the skill of your surgeon to get an accurate picture of your facelift recovery.
But with that said, facelift recovery doesn’t take as long as you think. Facelifts are outpatient procedures, meaning after just a few hours you’ll be ready to go home and continue the recovery process on your own terms.
But with any surgery, you will experience some pain and discomfort after the procedure.
Your face is a very sensitive area, so you might be thinking that pain after your surgery will be borderline unbearable. But it’s really not that bad.
First of all, your sutures will be in places easily hidden either with your hair or makeup. However, it’s important to keep these scars out of direct sunlight for at least a year so they can heal properly (and become barely visible).
You’ll probably be taking pain medication for about a week after your surgery, but after that you’ll only experience slight discomfort and tenderness (and not for much longer).
Of course, your surgeon will explain exactly what you need to do ahead of your procedure—don’t worry!
Your recovery may vary, but on average here’s what patients can expect after their facelift:
Not so bad, huh? Returning to your normal activities doesn’t take nearly as long as people think! And you want to know something else? You’re probably reading and thinking “Wow, I really don’t want to wait a whole year to see results.” So let us clarify:
You’re going to see great results by week 3. At this point, the most noticeable side effects of your procedure will be vanishing, and all that’s left is the new, younger-looking you.
While modern facelifts are exceedingly safe, complications can arise during your recovery process—though they are rare.
Seek medical help ASAP if you experience any of the following:
Again, these symptoms are rare. Pay attention to your body—if something just doesn’t feel right, get help.
Choosing a surgeon is a tricky process—you need to be 100% sure your doctor has your best interests in mind, both for the procedure and afterward.
A good surgeon can make you look great. But Dr. Jones wants you to feel great, too.