Facelift Surgery Recovery

Jan 25, 2012

If you are considering a facelift, one of the important factors to take into account is the recovery time. A facelift is surgery, and as such does require some time to recover. Unlike injectable treatments, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic you can’t just go back to work right after your facelift. Here are a few things to keep in mind about facelift surgery recovery:

  • Recovery is variable and depends on many factors
  • Count on taking at least one week off from even non-strenuous work–this includes housework, and you may want to have some help around the house
  • Visible swelling and bruising may persist for several weeks, but after the first week, concealing makeup can be used to cover bruising
  • You may feel fully healed within a month or so, but results may continue to improve for up to eight weeks
  • Following postoperative instructions will reduce your risk of complications and speed your recovery

The important thing to remember is that your facelift results will last for years, unlike injectable treatments that only last for a few months, so letting yourself take it easy for a few weeks so you can recover properly is well worth it. It’s also important to note that if you want to get the best results, you should quit smoking several weeks before and after having a facelift because smoking can dramatically impact healing.

To learn more about facelift recovery, please contact Dr. Antonio J. Gayoso in Tampa to schedule a consultation.

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