What is Recovery Time on Lower Facelift?

What is Recovery Time on Lower Facelift?

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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.

Recovery after facelift

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. 

Francisco Canales, MD
Santa Rosa Plastic Surgeon
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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! 

2-3 weeks

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.

Vasdev Rai, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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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 advice.

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.

Ross A. Clevens, MD
Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 57 reviews

1-2 weeks

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.

Brian K. Machida, MD, FACS
Ontario Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

Lower facelift recovery

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

G. Wesley Price, MD
Chevy Chase Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

What is Recovery time on lower facelift?

Although recovery time varies between patients, most patients are able to be socially active at 10 days to 2 weeks.  The swelling after lower facelift surgery is greatest in the first few days after surgery and then rapidly diminishes. Most, if not all, sutures are removed by 7-10 days.  Incisions are usually healing well by two weeks and require little care.  Although there will be some minor areas of swelling for several weeks, this should not affect your ability to return to work and  most activities.

John Zavell, MD, FACS
Toledo Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Recovery time on lower facelift

This only takes 1 week - 10 days! 
Stitches stay in for this period of time. There is not much downtime and return to work is not an issue.
There is swelling and need for healing beyond this initial period of time. It takes about 4 months to 12 months for scars to settle. Work can be done to optimize the scar and your surgeon can give you her/his regimen.

Michele A. Shermak, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Surgical facelift vs. Ultherapy recovery

A lower facelift or necklift requires some downtime. For patients who do not desire prolonged downtime, the Ultherapy procedure provides an excellent alternative. Our office specializes in Ultherapy and surgical facelifts. 

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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