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.
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
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 !
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.
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
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!
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
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!
Dr. Marc DuPere, Toronto Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon
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.
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