What is Recovery Time on Lower Facelift?

What is Recovery Time on Lower Facelift?

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Plan A Two Week Recovery After Lower Face And Neck Lift

Thank you for your question.  Recovery time varies greatly between patients and among different surgeons.

However I advise my patients to plan a 2 week recovery following lower facelift and neck lift surgery.  Although you will feel well and able to be up and around and go for walks the first 2-3 days after surgery you will have swelling and bruising especially in the neck which can take 2 weeks to resolve.  Many patients after 5-6 days will apply makeup to cover the bruising and be comfortable going back to a non-lifting or non-stressful job.

However I think its best plan a 2 week recovery.  In addition for you to look normal and feel comfortable for an important social event such as a wedding or photography session I would plan on waiting 6 weeks.

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Recovery after facelift

For most patients a two week recovery is normal but it varies with how much is done (fat grafting, neck work , etc.)  Ask you plastic surgeon of choice what he/she recommends based on their technique. Good luck. 

Francisco Canales, MD
Santa Rosa Plastic Surgeon
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Lower facelift recovery

The recovery from a lower facelift varies a lot depending on exactly what kind of procedure is done and of course patient variation. It can also depend on what other procedures are done at the same time.. If you only have a facelift ( with probable neck lift of some kind) then you might be pretty presentable around a week or 10 days- ok to go back to work for example. If you also have eyelid surgery and / or a chemical peel or laser at the same time then you will need a little longer. Because there is little pain after the surgery , the main recovery focuses on reducing the amount of bruising and swelling which with newer techniques is for most patients dramatically better than 20 years ago.. Good Luck

G. Wesley Price, MD
Chevy Chase Plastic Surgeon
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What is Recovery time on lower facelift?

Although recovery time varies between patients, most patients are able to be socially active at 10 days to 2 weeks.  The swelling after lower facelift surgery is greatest in the first few days after surgery and then rapidly diminishes. Most, if not all, sutures are removed by 7-10 days.  Incisions are usually healing well by two weeks and require little care.  Although there will be some minor areas of swelling for several weeks, this should not affect your ability to return to work and  most activities.

John Zavell, MD, FACS
Toledo Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Recovery time on lower facelift

This only takes 1 week - 10 days! 
Stitches stay in for this period of time. There is not much downtime and return to work is not an issue.
There is swelling and need for healing beyond this initial period of time. It takes about 4 months to 12 months for scars to settle. Work can be done to optimize the scar and your surgeon can give you her/his regimen.

Michele A. Shermak, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Recovery Time for Lower Facelift

While the recovery time for a lower face lift varies with each patient, most people are fine to return to their usual activities in about 10 days to 2 weeks. There still may be some residual swelling and bruising at this time, but it almost always can be covered with make up. Immediately after the procedure you will have significant swelling and this generally starts to resolve in 2-3 days. There are some "spa"/office treatments such as ultrasound and LED applications that may make the recovery even quicker. Be sure to ask your physician if he/she offers them. In my medspa "A Spa Above", we offer those treatments to all cosmetic surgery patients - including them in the procedure fee. We feel that it is important to have all of our patients recover as quickly as possible!

Surgical facelift vs. Ultherapy recovery

A lower facelift or necklift requires some downtime. For patients who do not desire prolonged downtime, the Ultherapy procedure provides an excellent alternative. Our office specializes in Ultherapy and surgical facelifts. 

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Facelift Recovery Time


The recovery time from a Lower Facelift, Lite Lift, Quick Lift, Lifestyle lift, etc, is affected by many different factors, but patients are generally presentable within two- three weeks of the procedure. Patients should expect swelling, bruising, and discoloration of the skin during this phase of recovery. Swelling normally starts to decrease after 48 hours and most bruising will go away within two weeks. For further information see the link below

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Recovery After Lower Facelift

Typical recovery time after lower facelift is 3-5 days. After this most people are ready to leave the house, resume light activities, and return to office work. There may be bruising for up to 2 weeks depending on the exact type of surgery and individual variables. Light exercise can resume at 2 weeks and sports and heavy exercise at 4 weeks.

Cory Goldberg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Face lift recuperation recovery

I advise my patients to leave the house on the first day after surgery. This promotes well being and circulation.   They are advised to wear elastic bandages for one week as much as possible.

Most patients may return to the public eye at 7-10 days post procedure.

For patients with mild skin laxity and jowls a liposuction of the jowls and neckline or a Cellulaze Sidelaze procedure may afford similar results as a lower facelift with less risk.

Please consult in person with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon prior to making treatment decisions

Luis A. Cenedese, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

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