Admit it: You’re interested in a facelift procedure.
Maybe you’re tired of spending lots of money on skin-tightening creams and serums that don’t deliver results. Or maybe you’ve tried out dermal fillers, but they don’t quite address the sagging skin you’ve started noticing in the bathroom mirror.
Whatever the case may be, you’ve looked into undergoing facelift surgery, but there’s one thing stopping you: the facelift recovery.
What can you expect when recovering from facelift surgery? And how long does it take you to start looking normal again?
What to Expect From Facelift Recovery
During the first few days of facelift recovery, you’ll notice considerable bruising, swelling, and pain. We highly recommend that patients take this time off from work, as these side effects – combined with general anesthesia after-effects – make it so that patients need to get as much rest as possible.
After the first week, you’ll start to feel yourself again. At this time, some patients are able to return back to work. Additionally, patients are usually able to wear makeup around Day 10, which can be extremely useful for covering any residual signs of bruising.
Patients are able to return to their normal fitness activities after about three to four weeks of recovery.
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How Long Does It Take for Swelling to Go Away?
The majority of swelling is usually gone after four to six weeks. However, there is still a tiny amount of swelling that may change throughout the months, which can slightly alter your appearance. All in all, your swelling should totally disappear within six to twelve months after your facelift surgery.
When Can I Expect to Look “Normal” After a Facelift?
You won’t just look “back to normal” after your facelift procedure – you’ll look absolutely transformed!
Most patients achieve their results about four to six weeks after facelift surgery, with optimal results visible within six months. These results include smoother and firmer-looking skin, with reduced wrinkles, fine lines, and not a sag in sight.
Dr. Attenello is the best!!! Perhaps it is her understanding the way us women via beauty but she really took the time to listen to what I had to say and not just interrupt me to tell me what she thought I should do (like other consults I’ve went to)! My eyelid surgery and facelift healed much faster than I expected and none of my friends know what I did; they just keep saying how refreshed and amazing I look after my vacation (I took a few days off to heal LOL)! As if a vacation could make someone look 10 years younger hahahaha