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 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.
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.
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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.
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Tal Raine MD FACS
How much downtime will I have with my Facelift?
Facelifts are an incredible procedure as it can turn back the hands of time. One of the most common questions I get is how long the recovery is for a facelift.
The easiest way to answer this question is to go through the process, as there are different levels of recovery and what a person can do after the surgery. First, I typically do my facelifts under general anesthesia so patients will need to go home with someone that can care for them the first night. All of the patients come back to the office the day after their surgery so that I can remove the face wrap that they left the surgery center with after their facelift.
After the first day patient will have a simple band placed that will help support the neck and minimize the swelling. This band can be removed for showering. All patients can shower the day after their surgery after I have seen them in the office.
The first week after surgery patients will need to relax and avoid any strenuous activity. I want patients to walk several times per day, but they need to avoid heaving lifting and strenuous activity, as these activities will increase their risk of issue after their surgery. The first week patients tend to be swollen and bruised through out the face and neck area.
After the first week patients can use cover-up makeup if they still have some residual bruising. They will also still have some sutures hidden the hair and behind the ear. The sutures on the face itself are typically removed prior to the one-week mark.
Typically by two weeks all of the bruising has resolved and the majority of the swelling has subsided. Patients are still healing but are doing very well at this point.
Patients need to be about six weeks out from surgery before they return to their normal work out routines or any strenuous activity. However they still need to be careful with sun exposure.
I hope this give you a little outline about the typical recovery course for face and neck lift with fat transfer. Please consult your board certified plastic surgeon to help guide you through the process.
Recovery from a facelift is generally very well tolerated by our patients. Immediately following surgery a compression dressing is in place around the outer portion of the face along with a single drain. This is in place overnight. We have our patients follow up the next morning for removal of the drain and dressing. We also wash and blow dry our patient’s hair after the dressing removal. This is an important service to provide as it is difficult to do this at home. There is rarely significant pain after a facelift. Pain meds are provided for comfort if needed. The remainder of recovery is usually very uneventful. Neosporin is applied to the incisions which helps with recovery and speeds healing. Sutures are removed from in front of the ear at 7 days and the remainder are removed 3 days later at 10 days post op. Often patients are able to return to work at 10 days however there may be residual bruising, primarily in the neck area, that may require makeup. The incisions can take up to 3 months to mature to normal skin color. I like patients to wait for 3 weeks after surgery to resume vigorous excercise
Lower Facelift Downtime
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.
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