One of the key concerns of an individual seeking facelift surgery is how much time it can take to recover after the procedure. During the initial consultation, our plastic surgeon at The Plastic Surgery Center will inform the patient about various aspects of facelift surgery, including the expected recovery time.
Recovery processes can vary from one patient to another depending on their age and health, the surgical technique used, the surgeon’s expertise, and the patient’s natural ability to heal, among other factors. How diligently the patient adheres to the surgeon’s post-operative care instructions will also influence the recovery.
Recovery Time with a Facelift
In general, recovery from a facelift isn’t all that long. Patients should still take the recovery time seriously and stay committed to their follow-up appointments with the surgeon to ensure a safe and sustainable recovery.
Of course, any bruising and swelling will be more pronounced in the first week, and the patient may experience some discomfort and soreness in the treated areas. This is all normal and to be expected. The first week is most vital in the overall recovery time, and the patient should generally plan to stay at home during this period.
In time, the surgeon will advise the patient to resume their activities and other normal tasks. Some residual swelling is likely to linger on but will disappear gradually. The patient should focus on eating a healthy diet throughout the recovery time. Extra proteins in the diet may help to expedite recovery.