Recovery After Facelift Surgery
A facelift usually takes anywhere from two to four hours. Typically it is an outpatient procedure, but overnight stays are possible.
Usually there is some discomfort afterward; it can be managed with either over-the-counter or prescription pain medications. Also you may experience moderate swelling of the eyelids and other areas.
A large, fluffy dressing is usually applied immediately after surgery. Typically this dressing is removed and may be replaced with an elastic wrap within a day.
In the first 24 hours, many facelift patients are black and blue. They often have drainage tubes in place to reduce swelling and remove any excess blood. In some cases, drainage tubes are left in place for several days.
You should be allowed to wash your hair in two days. You should avoid strenuous activity until the swelling has subsided. This may take four to six weeks; however, within two weeks the swelling should be reduced enough so you can engage in some social activities. You will likely want to remain under the radar for the first one or two weeks after your facelift. After that, dinner with family members and close friends is usually an option.
By seven weeks, your new face is ready for prime time. Dr. Hart also recommends that you undergo a facelift a minimum of three months before attending major social events such as your daughter's wedding.
Skin may feel dry and rough for a few months after a facelift.