What is the Recovery Process for a Facelift?

facelift recovery processes

A facelift is a procedure that helps reduce the signs of aging by getting rid of saggy skin and smoothing out folds in the skin. This procedure can produce amazing results, which is why it’s growing in popularity. Many people know the results that a facelift can produce but are unfamiliar with what the recovery process looks like. In this blog, we will dive into what you should expect after your procedure! 

Immediately Following Surgery 

Immediately following surgery you will probably be sore and notice some bruising and swelling. Your doctor will provide you with in-depth postoperative instructions covering various topics that will allow you to heal properly, including any prescription medications for the pain. 

First Week After Surgery 

For this first week following the procedure, it is often advised to take time off of work or your normal daily routine to rest and heal. Any strenuous activities or heavy lifting should be avoided and sun exposure should be limited. Smoking and alcohol consumption should also be limited or cut out completely during your healing process as these things could have adverse effects on your recovery. 

Weeks Two and Three 

Pain and swelling will be significantly reduced compared to the first week and patients can resume light activities like walking. Any activities that raise the heart rate should be avoided if possible, and any instructions given to you by your surgeon should be followed. 

One Month After Surgery 

This is how long it can take to return to your normal daily routine. By now, bruising and swelling should be minimal, and if there is any, a cool compress should be used to help. 

Am I a Good Candidate for a Facelift? 

A facelift is a great way to regain a youthful face and regain your self-confidence. If you are in or around Salem, Oregon, and looking to get a facelift, then look no further than Dr. Edwin Austin! Dr. Austin is a board-certified plastic surgeon that has the skills and expertise to make sure that you get the best results. Contact us today at 503-561-7000 or visit us online at www.eaustinmd.com to schedule your consultation!

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