Long Recoveries After Facelift?

  • leslie8642
  • 1 year ago

I had no idea that recovery could take so long.  My facelift is scheduled in 2 weeks, and although I am prepared for pain, brusing, swelling, etc., it seems scary to think it could take  6 months to feel good again.  I'm worried.

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I'm in my 2nd week post op. My surgeon is the same one who did a fabulous job on my tummy tuck, he is very skilled and I trust his work. However, I'm getting really scared: the swelling is not going done on the right side of my face. I look all lopsided. I followed all his advice, take my meds etc, but the right side of my face is still swollen and the bruising around my neck, mouth and under my eyes is still there. This is worrisome. I'm 48, I had full facelift plus fat transfers. I see clear improvement at my jawline, but everything else is scary. I healed so fast after my TT I expected the same for this...
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We prepare our patients to be home for 7-10 days after surgery. Our patients are up and moving around within 6 hours after surgery, with the understanding that swelling can last for up to 6 months but they will be feeling good pretty quickly.
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I had the facelift surgery. Swelling will be peak at 3 to 4 days after operation. The real change can be seen in third week of the post operation. But should be conscious about the protection from sun and should follow the medication prescribed by surgeon. After three weeks, one can get back to the daily activities as before. Now I look more younger and refreshed. Thanks to Joseph Togba Cosmetic Surgery Clinic Oakland.
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Thanks Cassielin, But I haven't posted as I have not told any of friends I have had this procedure, anything anymore :( as staying in till bruises die down is a long old wait and never dreamt i would take so long to heal! wow you are brave having it done at 70 its great to hear you still have pride in your appearance I do hope all gets sorted for you, So guess every day seems like a week at the moment:( I did so well 1st week or 2 till I had huge black scab turn up in front of my ear and behind them both, got they were horrid, then eyes started swelling then everything went black and blue but was nearly 2nd week all that came out, I did take Arnica from before op. I thought wow that was easy, But no I didnt know what I had in store for me and still up and down like a ballon. going to get all new make up as maybe when i put make up on , it caused my eyes to go swollen, but think maybe was where PS told me to massage them after 2 weeks which i did and next day golf balls like i had been crying for a week and they have not been same since, but I am sure in time this will get better as sometimes I do forget they have been done.... just more concerned about scar that it may cause on ears as wear hair up quite a bit, I have finish hair so if windy it will show, Why did i want to defy nature,, I am 49 yrs old and ad been told all the time I was good for age but me I wanted to be better, but then I think we all did else wouldn't be on here, thank god PS I knew few people that work had done by him and seen work, he is good, and what I have seen on here and how everything has gone completely wrong some surgeons are very negligent and does not seem fair they do not give a hoot who's life they may of ruined.... is so wrong!. I do not blame the surgeon for this on my face really, I think my healing is down to smoking,but I never knew this could happen and hadn't read this site, I wish I had as I would not of gone through procedure If I had known half as much as I know now.! although he told me to give up I did not realise how much I should off really given it up !!!, I wish i had given up till a time I healedI so think thats why I am taking so long to heal, trying to smoke herbal but they are vile but need to try to heal some how!! But have also seen cases now that people have not smoked. so i do not know anything anymore.. I have had normal operations and am a very quick healer, so this is not the norm for me to be still not right after having it done last week in April,,, that is a long time for any bruises to hang around for and scab ?..
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Tiara,tiara, I am sorry for what you have gone through. Most of us never thought that we would be going through all the slow healing and other problems. The PSs do not mention any of that...if they did, many of us would think twice about having it done. I hope you see more improvement very soon. Best to you.
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Dear Cassielin, Crazy stuff going on in my family right now, but wanted to say it is SO GOOD to see you posting something. Have missed hearing how you are. Thinking of you, Leslie
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Hi Leslie, I just posted my new Review. I am haivng a lot of problems as you will read about in the Review. I can see that this will be a long time for me to be better. Are things any better with "the family"? I hope you are doing well....best to you.
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Hi, Scab on left ear at the edge! I thought was gone done and dusted! but last night it felt very tight I think another scab might turn up soon as is all red and tight again, red raw Im fed up if this happens again, I am sure I am going to have scaring as does not look normal, i feel like i have holes at bottom back parts of ears ??/ will I have to pay to have the scar made better??? and what is the best way to have it done, I do not want them to cut me again ever !! Just a bit fed up as thought at last it was going, I still got scabs at back of both ears..... I just wish it would hurry up... going to look to buy some cover up for the bruising I can not keep staying in going stir crazy here....... any one know how to stop another scab appearing again, and why does this keep happening. I have not had a scab that part for about 2 weeks now, is sooo frustrating !! . my eyes i gave a massage to and they have now blown up like golf balls.... oh dear I will never do this again....
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How far along are you? Maybe I missed it. Leslie said you posted pics? I saw somewhere you don't post (I dont' either)...but if you have them, where are they? I definitely need some revisions as I'm not happy with a couple issues. I mean I look a LOT better than before, that's for sure and I can hold my head up finally, but one issue I can 'feel' and it drives me nuts, and I can see it too and I hate it, so I need it corrected. Also, now I'm concerned about 2 moles on my face...one keeps bleeding and since my dad and brother had skin cancer on their faces I'm worried I have it too. I've had these moles for a time, but this one in particular doesn't seem to want to heal. :-( As far as your scabbing, I think that's normal for a few weeks after surgery if not a bit longer. I had some, but I sometimes would scratch them off thus making it take longer to heal.
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Hi tiaratiara, I wish I had some answers for you but I don't. If you posted your photos, where can I find them? I had a face lift, brow lift, neck lift (didn't really need it but the PS said I should), and lower eyes done the "pinch" way. My eyes look exactly the same as before my surgery in late January. I def. need a revision down the road but I dread going through suregery again as I am in to my 70th year! Wishing you get better soon.
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I dread the revisions too, Cassielin. I will bite the bullet though and get them. If his fee is waived for revisions, I have to take advantage of that. The issues I have bother me too much. You can't tell you had your eyes done? that's awful! I think mine should look a LOT better than they do. How've you been? I've not seen you posting in some time.
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Hi Fixmyface, Nice to hear from you. I have been doing some volunteering a an animal shelter and just the usual stuff. My little 18 year old Lhasa has been a big concern. She ate some grass that had been sprayed with pesticide and it almost killed her. I took her to the ER and she was back to her normal self within 2 days. However, I have seen a downturn in her behavior most likely due to her age. Sorry I got off the subject of this site.:) My PS waives all his fees for a revision but he only does surgery with general anesthesia. I am ok with that but just like you, I dread thinking about it. In 1991 (OMG) I had my upper and lower eyes done. All the fat in my lower eye area was removed and my eyes looked great for many years. For the past 10 years, the lowers are as if the tissue has been scooped out. That was one of the major things that I wanted done in my surgery and that has failed. I don't know if the PS can inject some fat into lower eye area or not. My PS's office is 37 miles one way so it is quite a jaunt. I chose my PS from others that said he was one of the best in Ft. Lauderdale. I don't think my age has anything to do with the actual results. It does seem to make a difference in how quickly one heals. What revisions do you want to have done at some point?
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I took some photos today but do not know how to put them on here? any help please then can post :)
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Hi I had my mini face lift and fat in lips plus eyes done< A nurse at hospital was saying he was with Plastic surgeon when operating and he was surprised how much skin was taken off in mini face lift, as he had only seen procedure of full face lift! I bled a lot during operation which caused a big amount of time (, i was not charged extra for the time,) just that it took about 2 hours longer to do !!! I was booked in for 4 hours but took nearly 6 hours He was booked in for 4 hours for my procedure he said PS didnt just patch me up quickly for time reasons, he went over the time by quite a bit and was a perfectionist, which other PS he had seen rush because of delay bleeding caused, and know that a lot of staff use him for plastic surgery , I have also had some friends have work done by same PS and it looks very good...... I feel that my problem is not the surgeon but me for smoking all those years.... So my advice would be give upi do not wait for few days before else you may well suffer to :( I am not enjoying this recovery!! I had this done end of April and still bruised and swollen, one of my eyes gets sore very easy but both are sore by end of evening well start to swell up!, I am fortunate to have a bed that I can sleep sitting up in, but long for the day when I can lay flat for night! , I still have scabs as have had an infection plus heomo, I came home did this alone as did not and still do not want to tell people... so guess if i had someone looking after me They may of noticed it before it came to this, i was pretty drugged up had food drink and most thing i was going to need for a duration of 14 days , i was taking dog out when dark as not to bump into people, I am very independent! I did not tell anyone i had a face lift as really did not want them staring at me and asking to see scars etc. LOL I was told i did had quite a bit skin taken off. which i can see and think i will be happy with result apart from scars The 1st week I thought i was going to be back to normal as went out shopping i felt good, I even was thinking i was glad I did not have brow done as looked to young for my age as it was! with this mini facelift!, My intentions were i wanted to look fresher!! I do not look quite so swollen and can see it has worked and no jowls now but do not look 15 as did when i left hospital. I was in 2 nights for this operation I went for 1st check up 4 - 5 days later some stitches taken out the went back a bit later to have metal clips and rest of stitches out. the 2 nd time was when was told the skin will blister and fall off, I am worried about the scaring as it was quite a big bit in front of my ear and big scabs behind ears , so very much doubt i will be lucky enough for not big scar to happen after all has cleared..., I mentioned this to PS at later date and he said it is all healing well and did not think I was going to have a problem with scar as all was healing just very slowly, i used to wear hair up quite a bit but do not think I will be confident enough to do this for years now, Then this infection behind my ears is not appearing to go yet, have been given anti biotic cream and then cortisone, to go for follow up next week... I think my set back is because I do smoke My eyes looked felt fine a little tight 1st few days everyone in hospital couldn't believe i looked so well. this was the case and then one day I woke up about 13 days after op everything swollen black and blue and eyes really swollen up they looked like golf balls, well looked like I had been crying for ages and underneath was black and blue, this is very slowly going , So have not really wanted to go out much, I was forced to have a heating man come out as my water went off, Need to keep clean so had no choice,( i was hoping to go out when all this was over and people not really notice!!!), he said i looked a bit swollen bruised and had i had some work done, i just said had eyes and lips done he was happy with answer! and told me that I did look good apart from the bruising, which I had by the way tried to cover and had make up on covering face and on my eyes and lips bronzer, he said lips look much better. but he never saw me with out all that caked on by trowel. If he had only seen that he may well of jumped when i opened the door!!!! Anyway I have just joined here, wish I had seen this before going and maybe not of been so willing to have the work done knowing what I do now about it all . But to late is done and am suffering now... I will not ever be having work done again as this i thought was a small procedure and it is really quite Major, as would not take this long for recovery. I have had operations before and never felt like this or taken this long to heal, I am not even near full recovery and is ages now.. was last week in April and I am still not feeling an end to all this thats going on with my body. recovery is very slow!!! So much for back to normal in 2 weeks!!! was much better 1st week I hope i am not invading a blog. I am nearly 50 and sorry i do not want to post photos as do not want family and friends to see this .... just noticed date on recent one appears you may already have moved on... just my luck :(
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Cheer up sweetheart. I am 4 months post-op and still have bruising and a rash on my neck from necklift and also small rope-like scars below ear lobes. I had large sores in front on both ears and it was devastating. I started taking Chantix so I wouldn't smoke and I really think that it helped. Still, it seemed like forever before they went away. Just know they do go away. I also did not tell anyone about my facelift, save my sister-in-law, and I think that is just fine. Your body, your business. I wonder if ANYONE recovers in 2 weeks. The smoking does cause problems, no doubt about it. Be good to yourself and it sounds like your doctor did a great job so you won't have to do this again in the future. Hang in there, your future looks bright! : ))
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Also, your photo looks absolutely amazing. Best I have seen on this forum. Hang in there.
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My mate said she recovered quick but she gave up after Op I was on herbal honey cigs from health shop, maybe should try them again as smoking again is when everything went wrong, so maybe worth my while to do so... wow 4 months thats quite some time poor you I feel for you and make a full recovery thanks for every thing :) is comforting to know not only one if you know what I mean ? as never saw these bits before Op i really wish i had known about this site :) will never again be so vain after this LOL thanks for being honest about it all :)
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Hey ladies, just popping in, has any of you seen that informerical for Derm Exclusive. It's by some plastic surgeon who's on that show "The Doctors". I have only seen that should a couple times,...but I caught bits of this Derm Exclusive, was almost tempted to order, but I have never got caught up in an informercial before lol. I was watching youtube videos about it, but I don't know if it's worth it. I've heard of things like Obagi and my surgeons office sells it, rather his estititian (sp)...I asked about it and he said "To be honest, save your money, I've never noticed any difference in the women and men who have wanted to use it..." I was grateful he told me that before I put out money on something I really couldn't afford. If there are any products you like, what are they?
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I am now 7.5 weeks post op. I'm still healing slowly but it is getting better, thank goodness! I'll keep you informed.
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I am so happy to say that the sore on my face next to my ear is finally gone. That is to say, the nasty black scab finally came off AND it stopped bleeding. I was thinking that I'd be stuck with that thing forever, since it's already been more than 4 weeks. In fact, yesterday was one of my downest day. So, the sun comes out after the clouds. And literally, it was a gorgeous day today in the low 70's with a warm breeze. I met my son and daughter-in-law at a rural nature center and we had a picnic. Total outing was about 2 hours. So glad I decided to do it, because I wasn't feeling too good. Figured that it was better than staying in bed all day dwelling on it. Also, I was thrilled to get back in bed and re-watch the latest Lifetime Movie Network movie. I have seen them all at least 3 times it seems like. LOL. Hope everyone is doing great! All my best. Leslie
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Leslie, YAY! So glad you don't have the pesty thing next to your ear anymore. The picnic sounded so nice and who better to have one with than with your family. I really laughed at what you said about getting back in bed and watching the Lifetime movies...I've seen all of them over and over. I could rent out my most of my condo because my little dog and I stay in the bedroom about 80% of the time.:) I am looking better but still have bruising! I can't believe it just does not go away. Hope you have a good day tomorrow and stay tuned....:)
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You,too ! Good to hear from you as always. I can't believe the bruising never seems to go away either. I'm back on arnica and bromelain just in case it helps a tiny bit. Didn't notice real improvement with them before, but dr says it won't hurt to take them. Keep me posted!!
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Hi Leslie and Cassie. I'm popping in for a minute, I was away for the weekend so I couldn't get online. I don't know if that arnica worked for me or not really. It didnt do anything for my swelling. I have to say I don't know what's going on but my swelling has gotten worse again. I had a few days when I could see my jawline and feel it and it looked great and my eyes stopped being light sensitive but now my swelling under my jaw is worse than ever, and at night I wake up in such pain because it feels extremely tight and burning when I touch it. I have to clear my throat a lot and my ear feel plugged and it's like I can even hear fluid! My left eye is still swollen and now under it is., sometimes both eyes have swelling on my cheekbone under my eyes that looks like I was hit in the face...and they are back to being light sensitve and sometimes it's so bad I can't keep them open. I look really bad to say the least. I wish I had an appointment this month. :-( I wish I knew if others had this problem of reswelling. I mean it's 2 months now. How are you girls doing?
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Hello Fixmyface, Leslie and Cassielin, I have been reading your comments, so I feel I kind of know you. I have had a macs face lift, upper eye lid correction, temporal lift, fat grafting on my cheeks - a lipposuction under the chin and my thigshs to provide the fat for my cheeks, a cut at the base of my nose and laser treatment on the area between nose and mouth. That happened on January 111th and since that time I have been recovering very slowly. I am 57 and this is my second face lift. The first one was a very small one - the lower part of my face only, so I recovered within 3 weeks This time is much worse as I have swelling, small hard lumps, bruises and ridges along my jaw line. Fixmyface you were asking about reappearance of swelling - I have experienced that ca. 10 days ago when I started on a light fitness programme. I was again more swollen for the following 3 days. I am fighting weight gain by walking briskly for 2 hours every day, but, oh my, it is hard staying on the same weight level. I am very worried about my looks, that is if my face will somehow be me, but younger. The swelling pulls my mouth corners down and I have difficulty having faith that it will turn out all right. Did you have the base of your nose cut, too? Do you have the bottom part of your cheeks swollen and therefore wider than normal and your mouth corners pulled to the side? Do you still have red marks on your cheeks under your eyes, as I do? Looking forward to hearing from you Eliza
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Hi sweetheart. I'm 55 and I think for some of us as we get into our 50's we may heal a little slower. My facelift is a midline facelift and necklift. I am 33 days post-op and have all kinds of rope like ridges on my neck as well as small bumps and bruising. I also had a tummy tuck and developed a seroma so I am afraid to be very active. Initially I had a hematoma in my neck right above my voicebox. I think everything will turn out beautifully. It takes time, plain and simple. We worry, but when it's your face, and everyone sees it, it's hard not to. Keep the faith and let us know how you are doing! Blessings to you : ))
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