How long does it take to heal from a Facelift and Necklift?
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Post op healing timetable
Since everyone heals at her own rate, it's hard to say. Most patients will see a significant improvement at 6 months post op but it may take up to a year for your face to fully resolve. If the swelling gets worse, however, schedule an appointment to see your surgeon to have your face assessed in person. Hope this helps.
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Dhaval M. Patel
Double Board Certified
It's Worth Consulting With Your Surgeon
Usually, tenderness, tightness, and soreness will resolve within 2 months. I do not know if you had open wounds with delayed healing, but I would consult with your surgeon. This is unusual. With time, your symptoms should resolve, but when they are this prolonged, the process will be slow. I have seen several patients for a second opinion with prolonged symptoms. Sometimes massage, ultrasound, physical therapy, or other treatments can improve the situation. Although it is a difficult problem, symptoms have always improved with time in my experience.
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You're Experiencing Normal Sensations
Thanks for your question. The localized tenderness you're feeling is quite normal, even 4 months after facelift surgery. The incisions and surrounding areas are usually the last part of the face to fully heal after surgery. As long as the pain is not severe enough to prevent you from enjoying your regular activities, there's no cause for alarm. If you still don't feel an improvement after another month or so, though, please reach out to your surgeon. Best of luck to you.
Recovery after facelift
There are a couple of ways to answer your question. I tell patients that they will be out and about in public in 7-10 days, with cover-up make up. I call this social recovery. It takes an additional six months or so to completely recover to the point that there is no tenderness or swelling
Healing After a Facelift and Necklift
Every patient heals at their own pace. On average, I find that most of the visible signs of surgery have resolved in the first 1-2 weeks after surgery. This may vary based on patient medical issues, the type of face/neck lift performed, and how well patients follow the pre and post-op instructions. The healing that takes place underneath the skin can take up to a year. That being said, it is worth a visit to your surgeon to take a look at any underlying causes of the soreness that you are feeling such as inflammation of the incisions.
Healing Often Takes 6 Months or More
Healing following a facelift involves multiple stages, and it can take 6 months to a year before short-term side effects completely disappear. Swelling, bruising, and numbness typically resolve earlier in the healing process. The areas behind the ears may remain tender, sore, and tight for 6 months or more. The recovery process is gradual, and it can be difficult to be patient. If the symptoms persist for several more months without any noticeable improvement, you should consider contacting your plastic surgeon. Best wishes for your continued recovery.
How long does it take to heal from a face and neck lift?
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Dr. Hisham Seify
Facelift post op
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