Plan A Two Week Recovery After Lower Face And Neck Lift
Thank you for your question. Recovery time varies greatly between patients and among different surgeons.
However I advise my patients to plan a 2 week recovery following lower facelift and neck lift surgery. Although you will feel well and able to be up and around and go for walks the first 2-3 days after surgery you will have swelling and bruising especially in the neck which can take 2 weeks to resolve. Many patients after 5-6 days will apply makeup to cover the bruising and be comfortable going back to a non-lifting or non-stressful job.
However I think its best plan a 2 week recovery. In addition for you to look normal and feel comfortable for an important social event such as a wedding or photography session I would plan on waiting 6 weeks.
Healing After Your Facelift Surgery
I'm linking to a page on my site that addresses healing after your facial plastic surgery, in detail.
Healing times after a facelift vary from patient to patient.
Things that effect healing include surgical technique, the type of surgery
(i.e. Facelift ) that is performed, the patient’s medical history and overall
health, how well patients follow the pre and postoperative instructions (i.e.
Avoiding alcohol and medications/supplements that promote bruising), and the
patient’s normal tendency to bruise easily. Unfortunately, there are no
absolute rules when it comes to healing. What I try to do is give
my patients averages based my own patients. I find that the majority of
the signs of surgery (i.e. How patients look the day after my facelift
techniques) have improved 70-80% in the first 7 days. It is very common that
patients feel ready and comfortable to go out in public with concealer and
make-up on at that time (sometimes sooner). By 2 weeks, 80-90% of the signs of
surgery are usually improved. There is still some healing that goes on
for another few months that is very often flattering but unrealistic when
it comes to the judging the final results. I personally feel most comfortable
critiquing the results I achieve for my patients at 3 months or later and
believe that the after pictures at that time are most credible when
appreciating how amazing things will look for the long term.
Mini Lifts Have Shorter Recovery Times
In my practice, a “mini lift” is designed to counteract recent aging and sagging of the neck and lower face. The area is lifted, excess skin is removed, and the jawline is accentuated to give a more defined and youthful look. Generally, this is done in a patient who still has fairly elastic, good-quality skin and has only light sagging. Because it is a less aggressive procedure, requiring less pull than a traditional facelift, the recovery time is relatively quick. The procedure is performed with light, local anesthesia while the patient is awake. For the first week after surgery, the patient will wear a light wrap around the face and will clean the incisions twice daily. After a week, the stitches are removed and it's possible to be out and about in public and even to wear light makeup. After two weeks, most activities – excluding vigorous exercise – can be resumed. Schedule a consult with a board-certified facial plastic surgeon to find out how a mini lift can have a positive impact on your life.
Recovery time after facelifts vary with the patient. On average, recovery is 14 days. The first day, the patient can go home or spend the night. He or she will have a dressing around their head to hold the neck skin up and the patient comes back to the office the following morning. That week, we recommend no heavy lifting, bending over, or strenous activity. On day 7, all of the stitches come out, you can start using makeup and we allow you to start working out. The problem with day 7 is that you are still swollen and bruised. This is what usually takes another 7 days to resolve.
You can expect to have minimal bruising and swelling for around 1-2 weeks postoperatively. It can vary patient to patient. We do want patients up and moving after surgery and your pain should be minimal. In regards to recovery it is not bad at all! Best of luck!
Most early recovery is done in 7-10 days in a routine lower facelift. Patients feel pretty good in 3 weeks. However it takes about 6 months to achieve final result. Lot of patince is required during this period of healing.
Lower Facelift Recovery Time
I suggest you consult a board certified facial plastic surgeon
to receive the highest quality knowledge, treatment, care and skill
available. A consultation provides you
the opportunity to relay your concerns and desired outcome to the surgeon while
the surgeon can assess your health profile and discuss his/her pertinent
Recovery time for lower facelift - like any procedure - may vary slightly based on the surgeon, patient and scope of work performed. Find an educated, experienced doctor who
specializes on just faces because all of their time and resources are
dedicated to this specialty. Ask where your procedure will be performed to ensure that your surgeon only operates in an accredited surgical facility or at a hospital.
After a lower facelift, your recovery time would be 7-10 days depending upon the extent of the work required. In order to look good for special events, it may take a few weeks more.
For most patients a two week recovery is normal but it varies with how much is done (fat grafting, neck work , etc.) Ask you plastic surgeon of choice what he/she recommends based on their technique. Good luck.
The recovery from a lower facelift varies a lot depending on exactly what kind of procedure is done and of course patient variation. It can also depend on what other procedures are done at the same time.. If you only have a facelift ( with probable neck lift of some kind) then you might be pretty presentable around a week or 10 days- ok to go back to work for example. If you also have eyelid surgery and / or a chemical peel or laser at the same time then you will need a little longer. Because there is little pain after the surgery , the main recovery focuses on reducing the amount of bruising and swelling which with newer techniques is for most patients dramatically better than 20 years ago.. Good Luck