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How much time will I need to recover after my facelift?
Facelifts are an incredible procedure as it can turn back the hands of time. One of the most common questions I get is how long the recovery is for a facelift.
The easiest way to answer this question is to go through the process, as there are different levels of recovery and what a person can do after the surgery. First, I typically do my facelifts under general anesthesia so patients will need to go home with someone that can care for them the first night. All of the patients come back to the office the day after their surgery so that I can remove the face wrap that they left the surgery center with after their facelift.
After the first day patient will have a simple band placed that will help support the neck and minimize the swelling. This band can be removed for showering. All patients can shower the day after their surgery after I have seen them in the office.
The first week after surgery patients will need to relax and avoid any strenuous activity. I want patients to walk several times per day, but they need to avoid heaving lifting and strenuous activity, as these activities will increase their risk of issue after their surgery. The first week patients tend to be swollen and bruised through out the face and neck area.
After the first week patients can use cover-up makeup if they still have some residual bruising. They will also still have some sutures hidden the hair and behind the ear. The sutures on the face itself are typically removed prior to the one-week mark.
Typically by two weeks all of the bruising has resolved and the majority of the swelling has subsided. Patients are still healing but are doing very well at this point.
Patients need to be about six weeks out from surgery before they return to their normal work out routines or any strenuous activity. However they still need to be careful with sun exposure.
I hope this give you a little outline about the typical recovery course for face and neck lift with fat transfer. Please consult your board certified plastic surgeon to help guide you through the process.
Recovery after #facelift
- on what type of #facelift, #necklift, you are having.
- additional procedures
- type of anaesthesia
- tendency toward bruising
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Firmness 4 weeks after face lift
- Yes - all surgery creates swelling.
- It takes at least 6 months to fully subside.
- Swelling creates firmness.
- We tend to notice facial swelling more than body swelling.
- Fat transfers lead to even more swelling.
- So chances are the firmness is entirely normal - but after surgery, it is wise to always have your surgeon check you if you have questions or concerns.
Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Hope you found this answer helpful. Best wishes
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