How long until the results of my face and neck lift are obvious? I am 3 weeks out and no one has noticed. Is that normal?
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Results of facelift
Consult with a Board Certified Fellowship Trained Facial Plastic Surgery Specialist.
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Give it time . . .
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Noticeable results after facelift
You are still in the very early stages of recovery post facelift procedure and whilst it should be possible to see some improvement at this stage, you will need to wait for any post operative swelling and inflammation to subside. It is after this time that you should see your final result.
People may say that you look refreshed or ask if you've been on holiday rather than it being obviously noticeable that you've had a facelift.
An early facelift before any significant sagging may not be noticeable to other people.
Swelling is most obvious during the first few weeks, but the results of the face and necklift should be visible already, unless there were postoperative complications.
Loose sagging jawline or neck should be tighter and smoother, unless this sagging was only noticeable to you and your surgeon. Some sagging which is obvious to the patient is not obvious to their friends and family, because when you see people eye to eye, they can see under your chin, unless they are shorter than you and looking up under your chin.
Most people are more self-absorbed with their own issues than to notice things on other people, unless they are nosy and curious. Another possibility is that they did notice, but did not want to say anything, which might make you feel self conscious.
I would say that if no has noticed so far, at least you don't have any tell-tale signs of having had a face and necklift.
I posted a web reference of a more dramatic example, but if your jawline and neck sagging was minimal, this may explain the lack of people noticing.
I will you a continued speedy recovery.
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Results of face and neck lift
Impatient to see results of face and neck lift
- It is discouraging to not get comments after a face and neck lift but one can't explain what you are experiencing without seeing the before and after results.
- You may have needed only subtle changes, you may have friends who are unobservant among other explanations.
- Usually at 3 weeks, bruising is largely gone but there is still swelling.
- You may want to review your photos with your surgeon to see the changes.
- Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Facelift results are immediate
Others may not "notice" that the jowls and neck are better since they don't remember exactly how you looked before surgery. Essentially, we only notice things that are not expected, like jowls and neck laxity. When we leave behind a normal neck and no jowls, they don't notice anything because there is nothing there to notice. Others may realize that you look refreshed, but they shouldn't "notice" that you had a facelift.
Andrew Campbell, M.D.
Facial Plastic Specialist
Quintessa Aesthetic Centers