What is the Average Downtime for a Facelift?
Facelifts target many signs of aging to create a younger appearance in one surgical procedure. Facelifts are a cosmetic and restorative solution to sagging skin, deep creases, wrinkles, excess fat of a double chin, frown or marionette lines, displaced facial fat or volume and tiredness around the eyes. Facelifts can also be paired with other surgical procedures for maximum benefit such as brow lifts or eyelid surgery. David W. Allison, MD considers a facelift to be the most comprehensive rejuvenation procedure for addressing multiple signs of aging on the lower face, jawline and neck.
Many patients have reservations about a facelift due to misconceptions about spending long periods of time wrapped up in bandages, unable to leave their home. The reality is that modern facelifts are not as invasive as one might think because small incisions are designed to be concealed and left virtually unnoticeable behind the ear and along the hairline. Our desire at David W. Allison, MD is that there will be no visible signs you have had an aesthetic procedure so only you know the secret of your newly rejuvenated, youthful, natural-looking face.
What is the average downtime for a facelift? While full recovery can take upward of 4 to 6 weeks, most patients are able to return to work and their daily routine within just 2 weeks of facelift surgery. Downtime is manageable but will require time off from work or school as well as assistance by family and friends especially in the first few days post-surgery. Bruising and swelling will occur and will reach their peak around days 3 and 4; medication will be prescribed for your discomfort. Usually by the end of the first week, patients no longer need pain medication and swelling begins to subside. At this time, you will likely feel comfortable to move around. Within 7 to 14 days, you will begin to incorporate light activities such as walking, and depending on the nature of your job, returning to work. By the third and fourth week, you will still have some residual swelling and tightness but overall should be back to exercising and normal activities. Keep in mind that recovery is subjective, and these timelines represent a general overview. Your recovery length will be dependent on how well your body heals; the fastest way to recover is by following your doctor’s care instructions that include plenty of rest and a healthy diet.
If you would like to know more about how to rewind time with a facelift procedure, contact our office at 703-754-8228 or WEBSITE.