Do you stay in hospital overnight for a smas facelift?

Thinking of having a facelift soon and Im concerned about pain management, my question is do you stay in hospital overnight or go home the same day after smas facelift? I'm in Melbourne Australia

Doctor Answers 14

Facelift Recovery

Thank you for your question. Usually, Plastic surgeons will preform the procedure and a family member will take them home that day.  
Recovery time will vary from person to person. To help with healing, you will be asked to keep your head elevated as much as possible. Also, you will be told to avoid Aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications as well as smoking because this may delay the healing process.
Be aware that once your bandages and drains are removed, you may notice bruising, discoloration, and even some unevenness. This is normal and will resolve the coming weeks following your procedure. Usually, swelling will alleviate within 24-48 hours while bruising may take up to two weeks. Occasionally, you will notice numbness at the surgical site, this should resolve itself within several months. Within a week of surgery, you will have your stitches removed.
If you are feeling concerned about how long the healing process may take, you may want to look into a MACS facelift. This modern procedure usually allows patients back in public within three weeks with possibly only minor bruising. Best of luck!

Dhaval M. Patel 

Double Board Certified 

Plastic Surgeon 

Hoffman Estates 




Hoffman Estates Plastic Surgeon
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Hospital Stay After Face Lift?

Staying over night  will depend on your surgeon. Depending on how much surgery is included with your face lift will also make a difference. Face lift surgery for the most part is not painful, most patients feel tightness with the swelling, but minimal pain is controlled with pain medication, and is usually only needed for a couple of days. Hopefully your surgeon is Board Certified and you have confidence in him/her to determine if an over night stay is recommended for you.

Miguel Delgado, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 74 reviews

Face lift

Face lift is not a painful surgery, most of the patients feel comfortable going home after surgery, unless there are medical issues that need to be dealt in hospital. 

Ali Totonchi, MD
Cleveland Plastic Surgeon
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From a pain management standpoint, after a SMAS facelift, staying in a hospital overnight afterward would offer you minimal benefit.  Pain after a facelift in my patients is well managed with Tylenol/Motrin/ and occasionally judicial use of oral vicodin-type medications. If you have a companion who can stay with you the first night at home, generally the rest and comfort after the surgery will be superior at home.

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