24 Feb

How Long Does It Take To Heal After a Facelift?

Facelift surgery is a reliable, long lasting cosmetic procedure that can help you achieve a more youthful appearance. Time-tested and effective for sagging skin, deep wrinkles, double chins, and more, many patients opt to undergo a facelift for a rejuvenated look. 

Given that a facelift is a surgical procedure, recovery time is one of the main concerns among patients. While the recovery period will have small variations depending on the individual, we can offer insights based on what most patients experience. 

Here, we’ll discuss what you can expect from the healing process after a facelift. 

Facelift Recovery

After a facelift, you’ll likely have some swelling and bruising in the treatment area. The most severe swelling and bruising will subside within a few days after the procedure. However, you may still have some minor bruising and inflammation for around two weeks post-surgery. 

After a facelift, patients may experience mild discomfort and a feeling of tightness in the face. However, pain isn’t common during the recovery period after a facelift. Your doctor can prescribe pain medication to relieve discomfort in the days following the facelift. 

Make sure to closely follow your doctor’s instructions for washing the treatment area after a facelift. Around 5 to 10 days into the recovery period, your doctor will remove the sutures. 

Going Back to Work After a Facelift

Patients should prepare to take two weeks off from work after a facelift. During this time, rest and avoid strenuous physical activity to ensure that the face heals properly. 

Physical Activity After a Facelift

Generally speaking, patients have fully healed six to eight weeks after a facelift. Around this point, you’ll likely be able to return to your regular exercise routine. However, make sure to check with your doctor first before engaging in strenuous activities after a facelift.

You can ensure that the recovery period is as swift as possible by following your doctor’s post-op instructions carefully and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. 

If you’re interested in the facelift procedure, contact Dr. Adams today to schedule a consultation.

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