Recovery from a facelift
Recovery from facelift surgery is as individual as the patients who undergo it. Because some patients opt to include other procedures like eyelid surgery as part of their facelift, it’s hard to have a one-size-fits-all post-operative plan for all patients. We can generally characterize the recovery process according to the four weeks following the procedure.
Day of facelift surgery
The 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. If your surgery is completed in the hospital and you stay overnight, dedicated nurses will facilitate your needs the night of surgery.
In the first week following your facelift surgery, you’ll want to take it easy. Plenty of rest is needed, and you may be taking pain medication, which could cause some fatigue or nausea. Most patients will move around their homes easily for two to three days after the procedure. Dr. Michael Eisemann and Dr. Bradley Eisemann will provide you with specific post-operative instructions to help you care for your bandages and manage any pain and discomfort you may experience.
In week two, most of the swelling and bruising will have decreased, and you can resume very light activities, such as walking. While plenty of rest remains the order of the day, you should get up and move around as directed in your aftercare instructions to keep blood flowing and aid in the healing process.
Most people are able to return to work after two weeks of recovery at home. You should begin feeling reasonably normal, although many patients report lingering tightness in the skin, or some tingling or numbness. You can resume most of your usual day-to-day activities, but save the intense exercise for another few weeks to prevent injury.
Week four and beyond
After the fourth week, you should be able to resume a majority of your normal activities, though more intense physical activities should be avoided until week six or eight. Dr. Michael Eisemann and Dr. Bradley Eisemann will work with you during your recovery period to help you determine when it is safe to begin strenuous or demanding tasks. We are carefully following your individual healing timeline, and will be making recommendations at each post-operative visit.
Your facelift recovery will depend on several factors. These include your body’s natural ability to heal and the type of facelift you have had performed. We will help you plan for a safe and comfortable recovery and provide you with all of the information you will need to maximize your recovery process and reduce the chance of unwanted complications.