If you would like to reduce visible signs of aging, there is no better procedure than a facelift. A facelift will firm and tighten sagging skin, diminish wrinkles and deep creases, and restore a youthful appearance. But how long is recovery from a facelift.
What exactly is a facelift?
A facelift or rhytidectomy is a surgical procedure that is done to address signs of aging, particularly in the lower third of the face. It improves the appearance of the cheeks, jawline, and neck. During facelift surgery the surgeon will tighten the underlying facial muscles, remove excess fat in the neck, and trim away loose skin.
How long is recovery from a facelift?
Recovery from a facelift ranges from 1-2 weeks, depending on the type of surgery performed. Patients are generally advised to take two weeks off work after facelift surgery. However, there are patients that are able to return to work after one week.
What to expect after surgery
There is usually post-operative swelling and bruising after facelift surgery, which takes about 7-14 days to resolve. Most of the swelling subsides within 2 weeks of surgery, but minor swelling can last for several months. Patients may also experience mild pain, which usually goes away within 1-2 days.
During recovery, patients are advised to get as much rest as possible and avoid stressful activities. It’s therefore a good idea to arrange to have help at home. Patients should avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for at least 4 weeks after surgery.
Would you like to learn more about recovery from a facelift?
If you are in the greater Boca Raton, FL area, contact Dr. Cristina Keusch of Boca Raton Plastic Surgery Center for a consultation.
You can reach Dr. Keusch at www.drkeusch.com, or by calling (561) 529-9174.