Facelift remains one of the most popular plastic surgeries in the United States today. It’s an effective way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, tighten the skin of the face, and address double chin. But because facelift is a surgical procedure, many patients naturally have questions about recovery.
At the Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center, we’re always happy to answer any questions you may have about the services we offer. To learn more about your Houston facelift options, please contact Dr. Michael Eisemann today at (855) 813-7077 to arrange an appointment.
Recovery from facelift surgery is as individual as the patients who undergo it. Furthermore, because some patients opt to include other procedures like eyelid surgery as part of their facelift, it’s impossible to definitively say what you will and will not experience. That said, we can generally characterize the recovery process according to the four weeks following the procedure.
The day of your surgery
The vast majority of our patients go home the same day as their operation. You’ll want to have a trusted friend or a family member drive you home and remain with you for at least the first 24 hours to help you with basic needs like meals and medications.
In the first week following your facelift surgery, you’ll want to take it easy. Plenty of rest is called for, and you’ll probably be taking pain medication, which could cause some fatigue or nausea. Most patients are able to move around their houses normally within about three days of the operation, but Dr. Eisemann will give you specific postoperative instructions to help you care for your bandages and manage pain and discomfort.
In week two, most of the swelling and bruising will have decreased, and you can resume very light activities like walking. While plenty of rest remains the order of the day, you should get up and move around in accordance with Dr. Eisemann’s instructions to keep blood flowing and aid your healing process.
Patients are usually able to return to work after two weeks of recovery at home. You should begin feeling fairly normal again, though many patients continue to report lingering tightness in the skin, or even some tingling or numbness. You can resume most of your normal day-to-day activities, but save the intense exercise for another few weeks to prevent injury.
Week 4 and 4+
After the fourth week, you are mostly back to your old self (only better). While it’s normal to still feel some unusual sensations in the face, you’ll probably be the only one who notices anything. Everyone else will simply notice how great you look. We usually recommend that patients wait until the sixth week to resume intense exercise, and even then, only after Dr. Eisemann clears you for it.
To learn more, please contact the Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center today at (855) 813-7077 to schedule your Houston facelift consultation.