I has my facelift 11 days ago and still very swallen. Going to Walmart is an ordeal and my eyes are light sensitive. Am I the only one to have such a slow recovery?
When will I feel kinda normal after a facelift?
Doctor Answers 10
It requires some patience!
You will feel normal quite soon
Everybody recovers at a different pace, and not all facelifts are done in the same fashion. With that being said, most patients start to feel "normal" somewhere around 14-21 days. Even at that time, you will steel numb in some places and have areas with variable amount of swelling. But you should definitely feel more normal by then.
Everyone recovers a little differently. What kind of lift did you have? Mini? Full traditional facelift? Modified SMAS? 11 days is still early. Give it time, and call your primary surgeon to make sure you are getting your questions answered. I recommend caution using chat rooms this early in the recovery process, there are too many things that will scare the heck out of you. You need to talk with your primary surgeon to get the reassurance you need. Best of luck!
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By the way, I agree with the salt restriction. Also avoid grains and dairy - but it is likely too later for that modification now.
Recovery after a facelift
At 11 days you are just beginning your 1 year recovery. By one month you will look and feel much better and by 4 months you will be 75 % there. Avoid sodium to less than 1500 mg a day and sleep with head elevated. You are normal and will be fine. My Best, Dr C
Expectations 11 days post facelift
Eleven days postoperative is minimal time for swelling to resolve. Most clients have approx. 70 percent edema at 11 days out although will decrease slightly each day. The majority of edema has resolved at 2-3 months. Hang in there! It will just take time.
I normally tell my patients it takes 1-2 weeks for the immediate recovery from a facelift and then it can take 6-12 months for all of the healing to occur. It is not at all unusual that you would still have some swelling 11 days after a facelift but it should be improving at this point. If you feel things are worsening, you should contact your surgeon to be evaluated.
Full recovery after facelift
In the end, the lymphatics, or drainage system, of your face has been interrupted by the surgery and recreating all these small vessels takes time and, in general, most people feel they look they're best around 3 months. Having said that, you are presentable at 14 days as almost 60% of the swelling is improved by then and 70% will improve by 6 weeks and then 80% around 3 months, on average healing tissue takes a full year to mature in any part of the body so the last 20% will take 6-12 months depending on the person. Things will continue to get better!