How Long Does Tightness Last After Facelift?

How Long Does Tightness Last After Facelift?

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Tightness after a Facelift is Actually a Good Sign

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One of the goals of a facelift is to lift and tighten the skin of the face and neck.  In order for the results to be long lasting, tissues deeper than the skin have to be lifted and tightened.  This will causes a tight feeling in the face and neck which is a sign that the proper tissues were lifted.  This is an uncomfortable feeling after surgery, but I assure that over 6-12 weeks the feeling will greatly improve or resolve.  

Exercises that improve the range of motion of your neck can improve this feeling.  I typically do not recommend these movement unless the patient is cannot tolerate the tight feeling.  The neck exercises actually stretch out tightened tissues.  I like to keep the tissue as tight as possible for as long as possible. 


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Facelift initial tightness

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 have had a facelift myself and the tightness was still present up to the 3 month mark..When the swelling subsided the tightness was gone.It never got too loose however and yours shouldnt either.

Richard Ellenbogen, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

How long the tightness feeling will remain after Facelift

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After a facelift you will experience a tight feeling on your face and neck. This is caused by 2 factors:

  1. Tightening of the SMAS in order to lift the structures and have the desired lift result.
  2. Swelling.

In the first 6-8 weeks the tight feeling will improve as 80-90% of your swelling will subside. Do not get discouraged. The tight feeling is good and it will dissipate with time. Hope this helps.

Gustavo A. Diaz, MD
Charlotte Facial Plastic Surgeon

Tightness after facelift

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Most patients notice the tightness after a facelift lasts a few months.  The tightness is causing by a combination if tightening the skin and muscle underneath.  There is quite a bit a variability to how tight it feels and how long it lasts, depending on what specifically the surgeon does as well as individual differences. But in my experience, it always resolves i n time.

Ronald J. Edelson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Be sure to check with your surgeon!

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It’s not unusual for patients to complain of tightness and swelling following facelift procedures. This occurs for a variety of reasons including structural sutures, scar formation and the swelling that normally accompanies surgical procedures. This response varies from patient to patient and depends upon the surgical technique utilized and the patients wound healing characteristics.
Skin tightness and tissue thickening following this procedure are usually related to swelling. The vast majority of post-operative swelling resolves in the first two weeks following surgery. At this point, most patients can return to work and resume normal activities. In most cases, total resolution of skin tightness takes about three months.
It’s important to realize that more aggressive facelift procedures cause more swelling and skin tightness, which can last for longer periods of time. Elevation of the head and decreased salt intake may help decrease swelling after surgery. Range of motion exercise and massage may help skin tightness following surgery. Swelling and skin tightness are normal following surgery, but persistent tightness and swelling should be evaluated by your surgeon.

Tightness after facelift

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Your lips, mouth, cheeks, and back of your neck may feel tight for the first few days following a facelift, especially as swelling occurs. The tightness can last for a couple of months, but it will gradually go away. 

How Long Does Tightness Last After Facelift

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   The tightness may last for several months following a facelift and is dependent to some extent upon techniques employed.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Tightness after Facelift

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It depends on what component of the facelift you are referring to, and to a large degree your anatomy and genetics. If you are asking how long a face lift will last, the longevity of a facelift depends on what technique a surgeon uses. If the muscle (SMAS) was lifted and tightened as well as the skin, on average a facelift should last 8 to 10 years. If just the skin was lifted and pulled, the skin will loose its elasticity/tightness relatively quickly and may only last a year or two. Consult with a board certified facial plastic surgeon to see what face lift technique is right for you.

James Chan, MD
Portland Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 60 reviews

Tightness after a facelift

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This is pretty much in line with general healing and I usually tell people that you will get 60% of your healing at 6 weeks and 90% around 6 months. That is just an average. Your tightness should go away at that same rate as well.

Philip Young, MD
Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon

Tightness Following Facelift

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Then sensation of Tightness is highly variable following a facelift and can last weeks to many months. Often the psychological concept of Accomodation takes place and your brain accepts this new sensation as baseline and makes it less noticeable.Either way it diminishes with time and lets you know that your face and neck lift results are holding up well.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.