I am considering having a full face lift, bleph and neck lift in mid April - I am getting married end of July.

Do you think I will have enough recovery time or will I get stared at for the wrong reasons - ie, swelling, scars, bruises?

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Face/Neck Lift , Bleph Mid-April, Wedding End of July?

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My usual recommendation is to give yourself at least 3 months after a facelift before attending any major family or personal events. At 2.5 months the early bruising, swelling, visible incisions will be resolved, but you may still have a small amount or residual swelling and the tissues will likely still feel a little stiff or tight and feeling will probably not have fully returned to normal. So you shouldn't have any obvious post surgical issues but you won't look/feel completely 100% back to normal. And then there are annoying things like malar bags which show up after surgery and not always evident beforehand. There are no consistently effective ways to make them disappear, and they may take 6 months or longer to resolve. They can be very evident in photos. You will probably be OK, but if you want to be absolutely positively sure that you are looking your best you should wait 6 months.  

Wedding planning with facelift

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Between April and May you will have adequate recovery time for both. Congrats! And make sure to look at a lot of before and afters to find the most natural lifts 

Ben Talei, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

Timing a facelift with your wedding

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Typically, I recommend at least 6-8 weeks before a major engagement and a facelift. The majority of swelling subsides by 8 weeks but it can take up to 3-5 months. Most incision lines will be fading significantly by then and if needed you should be able to use make-up to cover up any incision lines that might be still pink. Go over the location of your incision with your surgeon and decide if the visibility is too much for you before such a big event. Some other considerations- If you have long hair you will be able to hide any incisions that are fading but these might be more visible if you have short hair or are wearing your hair back for the big day.

Best of Luck and Congratulations !

Facelift: Appropriate timing before a wedding

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Provided there are no health concerns that may increase your healing time, I think this timeline sounds perfectly reasonable. Ideally, 3 months before a big event is pretty much the standard for my practice; however, I find that many of my patients feel comfortable with a 4-6 week time frame. I had a patient not too long ago who had a necklift and lower face lift 4 weeks before her daughter’s wedding. No one could tell she had surgery. Everyone just kept commenting on how great she looked. It is important to understand that every patient heals at their own pace, and that there are no definitive rules to healing. Even at 3 months, incisions can still be pink, but easily covered with make-up. I always go through before and after pictures as well as recovery pictures to give my patients a reasonable sense of how things will most likely look. Make sure to discuss this with your surgeon, though. You will want to make sure they feel confident with this timeline as well. 

Mark Karolak, DO, FAOCO
Bridgewater Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

3 Months Is Standard Recommendation

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As a standard recommendation, we suggest giving yourself 3 months between surgery and any sort of major social event. Everyone heals at different rates, but 3 months is a good standard to ensure your incisions will have faded significantly and most, if not all, bruising and swelling will be completely resolved. Any residual effects can be easily covered with makeup. Best of luck with your surgery, and enjoy your wedding day!

James N. Romanelli, MD, FACS
Long Island Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Timeline for facelift in advance of wedding

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Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!  There are many patients that appear optimally glowing and without any noticeable swelling at even 4 -6 weeks after a facelift.  The bruising has almost always disappeared by that point also.  The scars will still be pink, but easily covered by your make-up artist and hair stylist.  However, for any important social event, especially as a bride, you will want to be at least 2 months and most probably 3 months out from your procedures to give yourself enough cushion in case you do have some lingering swelling.  Best wishes for a beautiful result and a lovely wedding!

I am considering having a full face lift, bleph and neck lift in mid April - I am getting married end of July

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Generally, 3 months recovery is recommended to allow for healing prior to any major event. Having said that, sometimes longer especially if it is your wedding, and hoping that this is your 1 and only wedding, we would not want to have any delays in healing that would delay your wedding date.

3 months is a comfortable margin of time between a #facelift, #eyelift and your wedding

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Thank you for your question.

It is likely safe to proceed as 3-month is usually ample for recovery, for the swelling and bruising to disappear.
Scars will still be pinker but any good make-up artist can camouflage those easily.

Hope this helps!

Best regards,

Dr. Marc DuPere, Toronto Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon

Marc DuPéré, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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I am considering having a full face lift, bleph and neck lift in mid April - I am getting married end of July.

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Normally, we advise patients that 3 months is sufficient to wait after facial surgery. You are "cutting it" close, but should be fine. If you could have your surgery a few weeks earlier, it would give you less cause for concern. Discuss this with your surgeon. Good luck and congratulations.

Warren J. Katz, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Facelift 3 1/2 months before your wedding?

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On average most facelift patients are quite presentable 3 to 4 months after their surgery. As long as there is no unexpected complication you should be fine in my opinion though not necessarily completely healed. For patients who are in a hurry to resolve swelling I recommend early use of a Medrol dosepak and with every surgery use fibrin glue to reduce bruising and swelling postoperatively. You have to decide whether it's a procedure worth undertaking when you do have the stress of an upcoming wedding. Good luck with your decision and best wishes for happiness.  The video above should provide you more information.  Enjoy!

Jon A Perlman M.D. FACS
Diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery
ABC-TV Extreme Makeover Plastic Surgeon
Beverly Hills, California

Jon A. Perlman, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

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