I often read that it takes 10 days to recover from a face lift but I don't know if that includes upper and lower blephs plus browlift, which people often have at the same time. I'd like to know how long to budget in a general way even as you need to add the disclaimer that everyone is different, we all heal at different rates. If it helps I am a 45 woman basically in good health, some asthma and allergies, of Caucaision and African-American descent.
Downtime for Full Facelift?
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Recovery After Full Face Lift with Eyelid Blepharoplasty and Brow Lift
Recovery after face lift surgery varies on the specific type of face lift you had, and your body's natural healing ability. Mini lifts (short scar or minimal access) have a faster recovery than traditional face lifts or full face lifts. Generally, most swelling and bruising after facial cosmetic surgery (mini face lift) resolve within a couple weeks. Plan for at least 2 weeks of recovery, especially when combined with upper eyelid surgery, lower blepharoplasty, and brow lift surgery. You may have residual slight bruising or swelling for longer, however, may still be able to go into public without drawing attention. To maximize your cosmetic results, follow the care instructions of your plastic surgeon. Best of luck.
Recovery Time After Facelift
If you don't tend to bruise easily, most people can return to work at two weeks. Folks who work in the public eye may want to wait three weeks. Adding eyelid surgery and brow surgery shouldn't add recovery time. Make-up can be worn to cover any residual bruising. There will be some swelling that will take a few weeks to subside. Add a week if you tend to bruise and consider using Sinech.
Face Lift Recovery Time
I tell my patients to expect about 7-10 days for physical recovery and about 2 weeks of social or public eye recovery. Your dressings are removed at 24-48 hours. The sutures are removed at 5-7 days. You are able to move about the house during your recovery. This includes eating, bathroom, watching TV or reading a book. We ask that you do nothing strenuous during the this period. After 2-3 weeks, we have a massage therapist perform ultrasonis massage on your face and neck over 3-4 weeks. You are able to wear make-up after 2 weeks so that you may integrate into your social activities. I hope this helps.
Web reference: http://www.mpsmn.com/html/facelift.html
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Downtime for a Facelift
As a general rule, the more procedures one has done at the same time, the greater the chance that an increase in bruising and swelling will occur, and thus a little longer healing time. For a lower facelift in someone your age, 10 days is generally enough time to heal and be back out in public, but not to full activity like exercising, etc. Some patients will be able to go out in public looking quite good in 1 week, but plan on 10 days to be safe. If eyelids and/or a forehead/brow lift is also done with the lower facelift, 2 weeks is probably more the norm for healing and back normal, non-strenuous activity.
Recovery from facelift.
Recovery from a facelift can be described in several ways. The most common concern is getting back in the public eye and/or returning to work. You will feel well enough to go to the store several days after your surgery. Depending on your job it may be ten days to three weeks before you have confidence in the work place. Women can cover up a bit with make-up. A man wearing make-up looks like a man wearing make-up. Surgery of the eyes done at the same time will take about the same time to be presentable. Total healing for assessment of the final result will take months.
All the best,
Tal Raine MD FACS
Facelift recovery varies from patient to patient and depends on a large number of variables. Just as every patient is unique, the chosen procedure for the patient is unique as well. The differences in wound healing characteristics of patients and the type of procedure performed account for variations in facelift recovery.
Most patients feel pretty good in about four to five days but their primary concern is when they will look good enough to go out in public. Recovery following facelift surgery may last for months, but most patients feel they can go out in public in about two weeks. At this point, most of the bruising and swelling has resolved. Many patients adjust their hair style to hide their incisions and use make-up as well.
It’s important to emphasize that recovery periods are variable and depend not only on the patients wound healing characteristics and the surgical technique utilized, but also on the patient’s tolerance for changes that may occur following facelift.
What is the downtime after facelift surgery? The truth revealed…
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the recovery are quicker than others. What can I expect 1-week after surgery? 2) What are the individual factors that influence recovery? 3) What can ¬you do to speed up your recovery?
1) What do we mean by recovery? What can I expect 1-week after surgery?
3. What are things you can do to speed up your recovery? • Before surgery. I give patients’ detailed instructions on medications and other treatments that can influence bleeding and should be avoided before surgery. In addition there are herbal medications that should be taken to reduce bleeding, Arnica.
Recovery after a lift
Recovery after a lift varies a great deal but at least 50% are able to be out and about with make-up at 1 week and ~ 95% by 2 weeks
Downtime for a Full Facelit?
Downtime for a full facelift is roughly two weeks before you can look presentable in public. At 2 weeks, you can still have some bruising and swelling and may even still have some sutures in place, but with makeup, you should be presentable in public.
I tell patients that they need 7-10 days to recover from a facelift on average. Bruising is the most unpredictable factor...some patients bruise for 5-7 days and others bruise for 3 weeks. If you know you bruise easily, give yourself 2 weeks with the expectation that you may be using some makeup to hide the mild bruising that may remain. The first week of recovery I call medical recovery because we would like for you to remain on certain restrictions. The second week of recovery I call social downtime as some individuals go out in public after their 1st week and don't mind if people know they had a procedure; others stay hidden until they are presentable which is usually at the end of the second week.
Web reference: http://www.northsideplasticsurgery.com
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