What Does the Recovery Process Look Like for a Facelift?


Facelifts give people a more youthful appearance by elevating and tightening drooping skin on the face and neck. While many individuals are aware of the benefits that can follow from a facelift, less people are aware of the healing process. After all, healing is a crucial component of any operation, so knowing what to anticipate beforehand is important. This blog post will go through the facelift recovery process, including what to anticipate immediately following surgery and how long it would take to fully recover!

Immediately After Surgery 

Patients must stay in the recovery area for a few hours following a facelift before being allowed to go home. They will be constantly watched throughout this period to make sure that their vital signs are stable and that there are no urgent concerns. After the surgery, patients could have some soreness, swelling, and bruising; however, this is common and can be treated with painkillers and cold compresses.

First Few Days 

The first few days after a facelift might be the most painful because this is when swelling and bruising are usually at their worst. Patients will need to take it easy and refrain from doing anything difficult, such as bending over or moving heavy things. Also, they should refrain from wearing any form-fitting attire that might aggravate the incision areas.

First Few Weeks 

The swelling and bruising will gradually start to go down after the first few days. Although they might begin to feel more at ease and be able to resume some mild activities, patients should still refrain from any intense activity that could put pressure on the incision sites. Besides that, patients should stay out of the sun and, if necessary, cover up with a hat or scarf.

Full Recovery Period 

Depending on the patient and the complexity of the procedure, a facelift’s total recovery time may change. Between six to eight weeks following the treatment, the majority of patients may anticipate seeing a noticeable change in their look. The complete results, however, could not become fully apparent for several months.

Get Your Facelift With Dr. Marc Salzman

If you are in or around the Louisville, Kentucky area and are interested in getting a facelift, Dr. Marc Salzman is the ideal doctor for you! Dr. Salzman is a board–certified plastic surgeon who has been helping the people of Louisville for over 30 years. He has the expertise and experience to ensure that your procedure goes smoothly and is handled with care and precision. Contact us today at 502-425-5200 or visit us online at www.itbecomesyou.com to schedule your consultation!



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What Is The Difference Between Ageless and Fusion Facelifts?

Beauty woman in a white shirt with long and shiny wavy hair As your body ages, it begins to produce less of the molecules and substances that give your skin its elasticity and ability to rebound from stretching and movement. The loss of this collagen in your face can lead to drooping and sagging skin.

While many minimally and non-invasive treatments can slow or reverse these effects, most of these treatment options only work well when treatment is started early. And since the results from these treatments are temporary, repeat appointments are required to keep the same look.

For more moderate to severe aesthetic effects from aging, surgical procedures might be worth the recovery and risk to achieve the results you want permanently. Facelift procedures are safe and effective and can permanently reverse the drooping and sagging of the skin on your face.

Facelift procedures have been safely performed for many years. However, advancements in medical technologies and techniques have led to enhancements in the methods, making them more effective while shortening recovery time.

One type of facelift procedure is the Ageless™ mini-lift. The procedure works best when addressing early signs of aging before the skin becomes more significantly stretched or loose. Instead of a long incision over the entire head, Dr. Salzman uses a series of smaller incisions to allow internal sutures to pull and tighten the facial muscles and skin.

To address more moderate signs of aging, a Fusion Facelift not only tightens the skin on the face, but the laser resurfacing performed once the skin is sutured in place helps to stimulate additional collagen growth, as well as reveal healthy and younger-looking skin. This help to reduce the scarring associated with the procedure and give a more holistic improvement to the skin.

Both of these procedures have a recovery much shorter than traditional facelift surgeries, with most patients able to return to their everyday lives within 10 days. If you are considering cosmetic surgery to reduce the signs of aging on your face, call Salzman Cosmetic Surgery and Spa in Louisville, KY, at 502-425-5200 or visit www.itbecomesyou.com to find the right procedure for you.

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Why You Might Consider a Facelift

portrait of a pretty woman with long hair Our faces tend to show more effects from aging than other areas of our bodies. On the surface, it may become more difficult to keep a good level of hydration and skin health. At-home skincare routine using quality moisturizers and ointments can keep the skin’s surface healthy.

However, aging also can have effects below the surface of the skin and on the composition of the structures of the skin that can also change the appearance of the skin. Like other metabolic processes in the body, the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid decreases and causes the skin to lose elasticity and not bounce back as easily.

Over time, your expressions and facial muscles can form wrinkles, creases, and fine lines to develop or deepen. There are many non-invasive or minimally invasive treatments that can help boost the production of the molecules.

Along with other treatment methods, such as BOTOX®, that block the facial muscles from contracting and deepening the creases, these treatments can be very effective at slowing and potentially reversing the signs of aging. However, if treatment is started after the effects of aging have set in, these less-invasive treatments may not be enough, and your facial skin will sag and look dull.

A facelift is a safe and effective way to provide a long-lasting return to a more youthful and toned look to your face. Depending on your facial structure and where the skin is loosest, there are a variety of specific “lift” techniques to create a customized procedure that fits your particular body and gives the most natural-looking results.

Most facelifts are done in an outpatients surgical setting, and although there is a recovery period, the duration and restrictions depend on the specific procedure; facelift surgery is a safe and effective way to get the younger look you want.

Dr. Marc Salzman and his team have the experience and knowledge to create the perfect treatment plan for your body and aesthetic goals. Whether you are considering facelift surgery or any other offered service, call Salzman Cosmetic Surgery and Spa in Louisville, KY, at 502-425-5200 or visit www.itbecomesyou.com for a consultation.

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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 www.itbecomesyou.com. Dr. Salzman and the team are available to answer any questions about facelift surgery or any other aesthetic procedures.

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Fusion Facelifts

woman with gray hair looking at mirror touching face The aging process affects everyone. As you grow older fine lines and wrinkles start appearing. Your skin can also sag, and age spots are a common problem. You can have multiple treatments spread out over several weeks or months, but is there a better option? At Salzman Cosmetic Surgery and Spa, our clients can take advantage of a revolutionary new procedure.

How a Fusion Facelift Compares to Traditional Treatments

We offer our clients in Louisville and Lexington, KY, the option of addressing all of our problem areas with one procedure. A Fusion Facelift tackles all of the issues that appear on our skin as we age.

Along with a natural loss of collagen, skin discoloration from the sun is common, and don’t forget about crowfeet and wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, cheeks, and mouth.

Using multiple techniques, Dr. Salzman combines different procedures into one effective treatment. It means less downtime for you and more noticeable results. Instead of waiting months for smoother, younger-looking skin, our patients see results within a few weeks.

How is a Fusion Facelift Performed?

A fusion facelift involves an incision being made behind and in front of the ears that extend into the hairline. The incisions are virtually invisible and will not alter your hairline. The incisions also do not result in bald patches around your ears. Instead, the incisions are often zigzag to blend in with your hair.

Muscles and tissue are carefully moved to tighten skin, giving you a more youthful appearance. Fatty deposits in the jawline, chin, and jowls are also removed when necessary. For sunken areas and other facial areas, fat taken from your belly area is inserted. It gives your facial features a fuller, more youthful appearance.

Finally, laser therapy removes layers of discoloration for a more even skin tone. The laser treatment also helps stimulate the production of collagen.

Ready to Learn More About a Fusion Facelift?

Schedule a consultation online or contact our Louisville, KY, cosmetic surgery and spa at 502-425-5200 to learn more about a fusion facelift or to find out about the other services we offer.

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How Long Does It Take To Recover From A Facelift

Woman beautiful face healthy skin care natural beauty As we age, our defined facial features and structures begin to thin and can start to droop or sag. The natural loss of collagen, combined with effects from sun exposure and even genetic traits, cause our skin to lose its elasticity and obscure the shapes and angles of our jawline and cheekbones.

Thankfully, facelift procedures have become a proven and safe way to restore a youthful look to your face and perhaps bring back confidence from a toned and defined face structure. Dr. Salzman specializes in performing the fusion facelift that addresses all facets of facial aging in one procedure.

In this procedure, Dr. Salzman will reshape the face around the cheeks, eyebrows, eyes, and chin to create a fuller and more youthful look. The excess skin is removed, and the quality of the remaining skin is improved. This helps to create a more even tone and color to blend in with the rest of your body.

Despite the “all-in-one” procedure, recovery from the fusion facelift is no longer than standard procedures conducted elsewhere. For the first week after your surgery, you should limit sun exposure and harsh cleansers for the first few weeks. For patients that did not have laser resurfacing, a little cover-up makeup should be all that is needed.

After the first few weeks, the scars will begin to fade and should be nearly invisible 6 weeks after the surgery. During the fusion facelift, Dr. Salzman keeps incisions as small as necessary and strategically locates them to be hidden once everything has healed.

If you want to hear more about the fusion facelift or want to get a start on achieving your overall aesthetic goals, contact Dr. Marc Salzman and Salzman Cosmetic Surgery and Spa in Louisville, KY at 502-425-5200 or visit www.itbecomesyou.com to schedule a consultation today. Dr. Salzman and his team of expert aestheticians will work with you to develop a treatment plan that provides the longest-lasting results, using safe and easy treatment methods that fit into your schedule.

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Why Have Facelifts Become So Popular?

plastic surgeon touching face of attractive woman with marked face It wasn’t very long ago that we were spending the majority of our time in our own homes, away from our colleagues, friends, and families. During the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a lot of uncertainty about many things. Our cosmetic goals all but disappeared. In the aesthetic field, we wondered if they might be gone for an extended period of time. Interestingly, people’s interest in plastic surgery, particularly facial procedures, returned sooner than we had imagined. That interest is still going strong, and we now have a better understanding as to why. We’ll discuss the factors that are driving facial rejuvenation here.

Time Out of the Office

Plastic surgery can be a gratifying choice, but it is one that requires some time. A poll of plastic surgery patients once revealed that time off work was the primary challenge they faced, even more prominent than financing their desired procedure. We’ll be honest, it does take some time to recover from certain procedures. A facelift patient may not be ready to go back to the office for a full two weeks. This isn’t necessarily because they are swollen and in pain the entire time but because they don’t want to go back to work until all of their bruising has resolved. Now that so many people are working from home, facelift surgery is more accessible. After a few days off, it may feel relatively easy to take that Zoom meeting or work for a few hours and then nap and rest for optimal recovery.

The Zoom Effect

We mentioned how Zoom might shorten the overall time-off requirement a person may need to recover from plastic surgery like a facelift. Well, those Zoom meetings are also a significant reason why so many people are seeking facial rejuvenation of all kinds. Facelifts, in particular, became popular when people started seeing themselves on camera for the first time. The downside of virtual, video meetings is that it is impossible not to look at yourself. Another downside is that, depending on your computer situation, you may be looking at your worst angles. Before you convince yourself that you need a facelift, make sure that your video cameras, phone or otherwise, are positioned higher so that your chin is pointing forward, not down. If after taking this step, you’re still troubled by loose, sagging tissue on the lower face and creases around your nose and mouth, you may be right to consider a facelift.

Facial rejuvenation isn’t the only plastic surgery that is popular these days. Nor does facial rejuvenation need to involve surgery. To learn more about your options for building your best self, contact our Louisville office at 502-425-5200.

Expanded Knowledge has Led to the Evolved Facelift. Here’s What You Should Know!

iStock 691068988 Here’s an interesting tidbit of information you may not have known, doctors have been performing facelift surgeries longer than heart surgery has been around. Surgical techniques to revive an aging face began in the early 1900s. Since that time, fortunately, the field of plastic surgery has transformed in the most powerful and exciting ways. Here, we take a moment to review the history of the facelift to demonstrate why there is no time like this in history to feel confident choosing this procedure. 

The First Era of Facelift Surgery

The early years of facelift surgery spanned decades, nearly seven of them! The first facelift procedure was performed on a Polish aristocrat, and it involved a simplistic technique. The surgeon would make an incision above each ear and pull the skin back. The skin would be sutured into place and excess skin would be trimmed. This initial technique achieved modest results. Patients’ skin looked tighter and they had fewer wrinkles. However, because the facelift only pulled back the skin, patients also looked windblown. 

The First Steps in a New Direction

In the 1960s, anatomical research revealed that, beneath the facial skin, was what doctors named the superficial musculoaponeurotic system, or SMAS. The SMAS is composed of layers 

of fat and muscle, both of which contribute to the structure of the face, and both of which change over time. With this discovery came new steps in surgical facial rejuvenation. At that time, surgeons went beneath the skin to also tighten and trim the fat along the jawline and chin. In the 1970s, the entire SMAS, muscle and fat, was addressed with repositioning and trimming.

The Modern Facelift

From the 1980s onward, the field of aesthetic medicine has been in a constant state of evolution. Not only have surgeons developed their own techniques to address the finer aspects of facial aging, but they have also gained innovative new ways to rejuvenate aging faces. Facial rejuvenation is no longer solely handled by a facelift. Surgeons also perform brow lifts, eyelid rejuvenation, neck lifts, cheek augmentation, chin augmentation, and more. Even more exciting is the opportunity to rejuvenate without surgery or with a combination of surgical and nonsurgical treatments. 

Dr. Marc Salzman has established a friendly, professional office in Louisville in which patients can explore a comprehensive menu of services. Facial rejuvenation is a personal endeavor, so each of our patients receives personal care from an experienced, attentive staff. Contact us today at 502-425-5200 to schedule your consultation!

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Making Your Facelift Even Better

istock 925256690 1 300x300 1 For many years, facelift surgery has been a common way to correct the signs of aging. While new and sophisticated technologies have been developed in the past couple of decades, we still receive a large number of inquiries about surgical facial rejuvenation. A leading plastic surgeon serving patients in Louisville and environs, Dr. Salzman performs several facelift techniques. Each case is developed around unique needs and, often, patients consider the various ways they can enhance the outcome of their procedure. It doesn’t always take additional surgical procedures to make the most of a facelift. Here, we discuss a few conservative treatments that can take a facelift and make it even better. 

Dermal Fillers

You may be wondering why you would want dermal fillers after getting a facelift. The procedure itself repositions tissue across the cheek area. Isn’t that enough? It might be enough for the cheeks, yes. A facelift also lifts the tissue that has begun to sag at the jawline. The repositioning also smooths the creases the form around the nose and mouth, though it may not eliminate them completely. That’s where dermal fillers come in. Some people get dermal fillers after their facelift to restore soft plumpness to lips that have deflated with age. Some have the tiny lines around the mouth corrected with fillers. Some get fillers to fill in areas that have become hollow, such as the temples or under the eyes. The best part is that treatment is quick and requires no downtime. 


As advantageous as a facelift can be for the sides of the jaw, this procedure may not eliminate submental fullness to the degree that a patient desires. Submental fullness is known as a double chin. This common problem can be corrected with liposuction but, if you’d prefer not to add a second surgical procedure to your facelift, CoolSculpting is a great option. You may need 2 or more sessions to eradicate the fat cells that are causing the double chin. However, like liposuction, CoolSculpting gets rid of the unwanted fat for good. 

There are several ways to enhance the effects of even the best facelift. To explore your options for beautiful facial rejuvenation, call our Louisville office at 502-425-5200.

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It May Be Time for a Facelift If . . .

adobestock 200369609 1 Facial aging is a fact of life that every adult knows they will face. We’ve got several strategies to make this process easier these days, so no one has to rush into the prospect of a facelift. Understandably, most people prefer to take their time and utilize the easier methods of reducing wrinkles before they turn to surgery. What often happens, though, is that a person gets stuck in what is called “analysis paralysis;” they stay in a place where they continually question “is now the right time for a facelift?” Some people do this for years before they visit a plastic surgeon. Here, we discuss two critical signs that you may be ready to consult a plastic surgeon about surgical facial rejuvenation.

“Where did I go?”

When you look in the mirror, you want to see yourself. For the most part, you always will. However, what many people say once they finally reach our office for their facelift consultation is “I just don’t feel like I look like Me anymore.” Lines and wrinkles are only part of the aging puzzle. What may be worse than a few creases is the way that the face changes shape. The face should have dimension. The cheeks curve nicely. The jawline is angled. The face has an overall Y shape. As skin, fat, muscle, and bone all degrade over time, that Y turns into an inverted V. The width is now at the bottom of the face, and tissue sags from the jawline. The cheeks no longer have their nice curve. When these changes take place, it’s not surprising that you might wonder where your unique appearance has gone.

Too Much Upkeep

When the visible signs of aging are limited to the skin and very superficial tissue, it is easy to rejuvenate the face using injectables. When that point is reached where the fat pads have become depleted, the muscle has weakened, and the skin has lost its firmness and elasticity, achieving beautiful, natural-looking results gets trickier. In the same way that natural aging can make you not look like you, so can injectables when overcorrection occurs.

A facelift is a minimally-invasive procedure that restores the natural contours of the face by addressing all of the layers of tissue that have lost resiliency. If you believe you may be ready to explore surgical facial rejuvenation, contact us at 502-425-5200. We’re happy to schedule a consultation for you in our Louisville office.

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