As the details of your facelift surgery are confirmed with your surgeon, it is easy to begin fantasizing about how you will look and feel after your procedure. Your smoother, younger skin and restored facial structure are within your reach — but before you focus on your results, you should make sure that you are ready for your recovery. In fact, learning about and preparing for your recovery can go a long way toward making your final results the best they can be. When you know what to expect during your facelift recovery, you can take all the right steps to heal quickly and without any complications.
Your First Few Days
At Dr. Clayman’s Plastic Surgery Center, a facelift is an outpatient procedure — meaning you will be discharged back to your home the same day as your surgery. Before you leave our surgical facilities, we will make sure you have all your written recovery instructions in hand and your first follow-up appointment scheduled. You will need to plan to spend a few days resting with no strenuous activity, especially if you are using prescription-strength medications to manage any pain. You will want someone with you to help around the house, run errands and care for children or pets. You can expect to experience most of your recovery discomfort, swelling and bruising during the first three days of your surgery; after that, you will steadily begin to improve. Between four to seven days after your procedure you will be able to walk and move more freely, manage pain with over-the-counter medications and begin sleeping without elevating your head.
Your First Two Weeks
Depending on the extent of your procedure, most of your recovery occurs during the first two weeks after your surgery. For most healthy facelift clients, this is a reasonable amount of time to spend away from work or social obligations — at the end of this period, your sutures and bandaging will be gone, and redness, swelling and bruising will be considerably less visible. It is normal to feel sensations like tingling or numbness, but if you experience any worsening symptoms like pain, swelling or discoloration you should make sure to bring this up to your surgeon. At the end of your two weeks, you should be cleared to resume most non-strenuous normal activities, like a sedentary job or light housework. However, it may be a few more weeks before you can exercise or perform tasks that may aggravate your face or hairline. Mini-lift options can have a quicker recovery period depending on the extent of the procedure.
Your First Month and Beyond
The four-week mark is typically when you can expect swelling and redness to have nearly completely subsided. You will likely be cleared to resume exercising, hair styling and safely wearing makeup over your incision around this time. Your surgeon may have some long-term aftercare tips that you should continue to practice, like wearing sunscreen, using shampoo for sensitive skin or avoiding certain skin products. You will also have a few more follow-up appointments so that your surgeon can ensure you are healing properly. While the bulk of your healing will be done in the first four weeks, you can expect to see smaller changes in your face and your skin for up to a year after your surgery. Your scars will continue to shrink and flatten with proper care, and your new skin will settle into its place and look completely natural.
For expert advice and guidance on your facelift journey in the Jacksonville, Florida area, choose Dr. Clayman’s Plastic Surgery Center and Miracle Spa. Our caring staff and Board Certified Plastic Surgeons come with years of experience and training to ensure that your cosmetic procedure goes smoothly and delivers the results that you want. Drs. Mark and Loren Clayman are dedicated to their clients’ satisfaction throughout the facelift process and beyond. To learn more about a facelift with us, contact us today at 904-208-2727 to schedule your consultation.