If your face is beginning to show signs of aging and you’re feeling much less confident in your appearance, a facelift could provide you with a more youthful look and give you back the confidence you’ve lost.
However, before committing to having a facelift procedure, it’s important to consider recovery and gain an idea on how to properly recover. We’ve put together a facelift recovery guide to give you an insight into what to expect.
What is a facelift?
A facelift is a plastic surgery procedure that focuses on tightening and smoothing out sagging skin on the face and jaw. The aim of the procedure is to provide the patient with a more youthful appearance.
During the facelift procedure, incisions are made in different areas of the face, excess soft tissue is removed and the remaining skin is tightened.
Once the procedure has been completed, your surgeon may apply a large bandage around your face to reduce swelling and you might have a drainage tube inserted through an incision behind the ear. The drainage tube removes excess fluid and prevents blood from collecting underneath the skin.
In the hours after having a facelift, you will have some pain and discomfort and some swelling and bruising around the incision sites. Pain relief will be administered by your surgeon in order to keep discomfort to a minimum and the pain will decrease over the next few days.
Try to keep the head elevated and still in the days after surgery as this will help to minimize swelling and will prevent any stiches being pulled out.
During the first week of recovery
The first day after surgery is the day you are likely to feel the most pain and discomfort. This is because the body will have started its healing process and the skin on your face will feel tender.
As well as pain killers being provided for the first few days of your recovery, your surgeon could also prescribe a dose of antibiotics to drastically reduce your chance of getting an infection.
Your surgeon will come and visit you around 24 hours post-surgery to check on you and make sure everything has gone well with the procedure. They will also supply you with a recovery plan that’s tailored specifically to your needs. This will outline what to avoid during recovery, how to ensure you heal correctly and any problems to look out for.
All heavy lifting and strenuous movement should be avoided and you should try to get plenty of rest. Sleeping improves healing so being well rested will decrease your recovery time.
Usually, stitches are removed between five and seven days after surgery and the results of your facelift will start to become visible.
Two weeks post-surgery
Although the procedure only consists of a small amount of incisions, adequate healing time is still needed in order to allow your body to heal properly. This is because, during the recovery period, you may experience swelling, tightness of the skin, numbness and bruising in the first two weeks post-surgery.
For a minimum of two weeks after having the procedure carried out, any dressings that have been applied to the incision sites should be kept dry and showering should be avoided unless approved by your surgeon.
Pain and discomfort should have subsided and swelling should have diminished completely.
In most cases, patients that have undergone a full facelift procedure can return to work and continue with daily life within two weeks. Some slight bruising may still be visible, however, the results of your surgery will clearly be visible.
Book a consultation for a facelift procedure!
If you would like to book a consultation with Dr. Sinha and find out what results you could achieve with a full facelift, call our clinic on 404 – 256 – 5428 and we will be happy to answer any of your questions.