How long will it take for the initial bruising to fade?
How Much Bruising is Acceptable After a Facelift?
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Bruising After Facelift
Depends on the type of facelift you had and your physiology
Bruising after Facelift
The answer is that this is technique dependent, surgeon dependent, and patient dependent. I have some patients who have so little bruising that it is difficult to determine that they have had surgery the following day. I have very few patients who have any bruising beyond 2 weeks. Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA
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Bruising after a lift
This of course depends on the patient but the typical patient has minimal bruising by 2 weeks. Many patients look great at 1 week and others may need 3 weeks.
Normal Bruising Expected
Great question. You should expect to experience bruising for approximately 7 days after surgery. Taking supplements like Arnica Montana and Bromelain 5 days before and after surgery may significantly help reduce your bruising and swelling symptoms.
Bruising is common and part of the natural healing process. I have seen patients bruised 1-3 weeks depending on the health of each patient. We commonly see only 12-14 days of bruising and swelling. This healing needs to be followed by the surgeon.
Bruising after a Facelift
Bruising is obviously normal after facelift surgery. The severity and duration will vary among patients depending on the general health of each patient and what was done during the operation. In general, I tell patients it will last about 2 weeks. Our aesthetician will provide makeup and instruct the patient how to camouflage the bruising during the healing process after the stitches are removed.
Bruising after a facelift is common and expected. The bruiding can last as long as 2-3 weeks. In my patients, I typically expect bruising to be resolved within 10 days after the surgery.
Everybody is different. It is amazing how different people recover after similar surgeries. This morning I saw someone completely bruise free one week after her facelift while later I saw someone at 3 weeks with a little residual bruising. In general, I tell my patients between 1-3 weeks. If they tend to bruise easily with injections or minor trauma then count on longer. If they don't bruise easily, count on less time. Good luck!
Good preparation can minimize brusing in facelifts
Essentially all patients will experience some degree of bruising after a facelift (less so with less invasive procedures and more so with deeper procedures).
Certainly some people bruise easier than others because of their inherent healing and anatomy but there are ways to minimize the bruising by preparing for your surgery beforehand. Two commonly used products are arnica montana (for bruising) and bromelain (for swelling). Both have beeen shown to be effective for healing but not all surgeons use them. The best way to determine what supplements to take and what medications to avoid should be discussed with your doctor at your pre-operative visit.
So while brusing is to be expected with facelifts, the amount that occurs and the time it lasts can certainly be improved with good preparation and post-op care.
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