Interested in undergoing a facelift procedure, but not sure what to expect from the recovery process?
We understand. That’s why we’re lifting the veil on what to expect from the facelift recovery process, from Day One to an entire year after your surgery.
Facelift Recovery: Day 1
During your first day of recovery, you’ll be groggy and in some pain after your facelift procedure. We recommend having someone drive you back from the surgical center, as you won’t be able to drive yourself. Don’t plan on doing anything your first day; just limit yourself to bed rest and get some sleep. We also advise patients to have family members or professional caretakers check-in so they can ensure you’re resting up and getting enough liquids during that pivotal first day.
Facelift Recovery: Your First Week
During your first week of facelift recovery, you’ll slowly start to feel like your old self again. However, bruising should last anywhere from 7-10 days and you will experience swelling for only about 2-3 days. You should also go to any follow-up appointments that your plastic surgeon has scheduled to check on your healing progress.
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Facelift Recovery: Your First Month
After about one or two weeks, you’ll be able to return to work; patients may also wear makeup to cover any residual bruising if they so choose. Most patients are able to enjoy light exercise during the third week of recovery, as well as engage in sexual intimacy. Final results will be seen after approximately 3-6 months, even though you’ll see a noticeable difference after 2 weeks!
Facelift Recovery: Your First Year
After the first month of recovery, you can fully return to your normal routine, like engaging in vigorous exercises and enjoying an active social life. You can also expect to see your final facelift results about six months to one year into your recovery process, at which point your results should last anywhere from five to ten years.
On Oct 9 /12th one month ago I had a Face/Neck Lift along with a Blepharoplasty (both lids) I had a wonderful experience. What I want people to know is I got very lucky in finding the perfect Surgeon. I am Very HAPPY.. Have been researching the idea of facial rejuvenation for years. I am presently 48 years old and have been noticing the aging of my facial features for the last 4 years.