How Long Does It Take To Recover From Facelift Surgery?

woman looking happy and confident in camera There are many things you can do to slow the effects of aging. Having a good skincare routine can keep your skin looking healthy and radiant, while regular visits to aestheticians can help keep the volume and tightness of the skin on your face. In some cases, however, this might not be enough.

Facelift surgery and more specific “lifts” such as brow, chin, or eyelid lifts can quickly and effectively restore the younger look to your face when more conservative treatment options do not bring the desired results. While facelift surgery is more invasive than other treatment options, it is proven very safe and can help you achieve your aesthetic goals with a proper recovery plan.

Although the recovery may take a bit longer than other aesthetic procedures, with the care, it is relatively easy and can come with minimal pain and discomfort. Like more surgeries, during the first few days after the procedure, your body will recover from the anesthesia, and sensation and feeling around the surgery site will begin to come back.

Most patients report the most pain and discomfort coming around 2-4 days after the procedure. In most cases, however, they can get by with just over-the-counter anti-inflammatory or pain medication.

Over the next few weeks, keeping the incision areas clean is important to reduce the likelihood of infections or scarring. Depending on the lift surgery you had, you will begin gently washing the area at around 2 weeks. It is also important to rest as much as possible throughout the recovery and keep the blood pressure and exertion around the face as low as possible.

Generally, full recovery from facelift surgery is over in about 4-6 weeks. However, it may take up to 6 months for your body to fully heal to see the final results. This is normal and is different for each patient.

If you are considering facelift surgery or any other aesthetic surgery for your face, and are concerned about the recovery, contact Dr. Salzman at Salzman Cosmetic Surgery and Spa in Louisville, KY, at 502-425-5200, or visit Dr. Salzman and the team are available to answer any questions about facelift surgery or any other aesthetic procedures.

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