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Facelift Recovery: What to Expect

Timeless beauty isn’t only in cosmetics commercials or on the red carpet. With a facelift, you can control the aging process, slowing the hands of time and reversing age-related facial changes like jowls, skin laxity, and wrinkles.

What’s holding you back from a facelift transformation? Many patients are nervous about the healing process, but you don’t need to be. With a board-certified plastic surgeon and careful planning, facelift recovery can be a restful start to a new you. To help you navigate your recovery and prepare, we’ve created this guide.

What to Expect at Every Stage of Facelift Recovery

Recovery is a process. Each day after your facelift, you’ll feel a little better than you did the day before. At Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery, we use advanced surgical techniques to significantly reduce downtime and ease the recovery process. With these methods, most of our patients can return to work and social activities within two weeks. Many people who can work from home feel ready to do so only two to three days after surgery. If you get a mini facelift, you may recover even more quickly.

 After a facelift, your skin may feel tight. Bruising and swelling are typical side effects after a facelift, but infusing the skin with a local anesthetic significantly reduces their occurrence.

Frequently Asked Questions About Facelift Recovery

When will I feel healed enough to go out in public after my surgery?

Don’t schedule any work meetings or social events immediately after your facelift. It takes up to two weeks for most of our full facelift patients to feel comfortable going out in public again following their surgery.

How can I improve my recovery experience after a facelift?

Heal faster after a facelift by asking your surgeon about innovative surgical and anesthesia techniques. For example, by infusing the facial tissues with a local anesthetic, patients experience less bruising, bleeding, and swelling and have a faster recovery.

 

Can I smoke during facelift recovery?

Smoking is detrimental to your health, especially after plastic surgery. Nicotine and tobacco products constrict blood vessels and slow healing. Our surgeons asks patients to stop smoking at least a month before surgery and to continue abstaining throughout the recovery process.

 

When can I return to exercise after facelift recovery?

Patients should avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise until they have made a full recovery, usually about six weeks later. However, we recommend doing gentle walking much sooner, often the day after surgery. Light activity, such as walks around your house, yard, or neighborhood, helps keep blood moving and can help patients to heal faster.

 

How can I protect my skin after facelift surgery?

Your skin will be more sensitive after surgery, so wearing sunscreen and limiting time in the sun is essential. Our team will teach you how to care for your skin after facelift surgery so you can heal quickly and achieve the best aesthetic results.

Schedule Your Facelift Consultation at Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery

If you’re ready to learn more about facelift surgery in Ann Arbor, contact us today by calling (734) 913-5100 or schedule a consultation online