The patient will experience some swelling and minor bruising immediately after a facelift, but this will subside within a few days. Recovery time for a facelift varies based on the technique used, the patient’s age, and the amount of skin and fat removed. Every facelift patient will need to arrange for someone they trust to take them to and from appointments and help care for them in the first few days after the procedure. Many patients return to sedentary activities, including desk jobs, in 7 – 10 days after their procedure. Strenuous activities can be resumed about 4 – 6 weeks post-op. Your surgeon will provide you with a complete timeline based on your expected recovery and lifestyle.
Patients will begin to see results as the swelling subsides, with full results appearing after approximately six months. However, after the initial swelling and bruising has decreased, patients will appreciate daily improvements in their appearance. The healing period can also be a good opportunity to take advantage of non-surgical complementary procedures. Results from a facelift last an average of 5 – 10 years depending on a person’s health and lifestyle. A healthy diet, regular exercise, and abstaining from alcoholic drinks and smoking can all help optimize and sustain results, as can opting for routine non-surgical treatments to further improve skin quality.