While many of today’s procedures merely focus on the surface of the skin, a traditional facelift works on the underlying structures and layers of the skin, providing you with long term support and significant results.
A facelift is an invasive procedure though, which means there is a recovery period that needs to be taken into consideration. Knowing what to expect during your recovery period will ensure that you achieve the expected result without any unnecessary complications.
Even though the below recovery tips will help make your recovery a little easier, it’s still important to follow your surgeon’s post-care instructions carefully.
Why You Should Plan Your Recovery
Preparing for your procedure as well as your recovery will greatly minimise any risks that could jeaporadise your results.
Your surgeon will discuss your procedure as well as your recovery plan with you during your consultation so that all you need to do is focus on healing after your surgery.
Your surgeon will explain what you can expect and what you will need to be comfortable and prepared for your facelift recovery so that you can prepare everything prior to your surgery.
Your antibiotics and pain medication will be a very important part of your recovery and you should always have your surgeon’s contact details close by should you have any concerns or questions during your recovery.
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Week-By-Week Recovery Expectations
Rest is going to be your main focus during the first week after your surgery. It’s important that you have someone to help you with childcare or any other chores that you would generally have on your to-do list. Any activities that raise your blood pressure are a bad idea. Plus, your pain medication will make you drowsy, which means sleep will come quite easily. Your head will also need to be elevated during this time to reduce any welling.
After week 2, you will be able to return to work and resume some light activities. Even though most of the swelling and redness will have subsided, you will still need to pay careful attention to how you’re feeling as you don’t want to hurt your progress and your results. If you’re feeling unsure about whether or not you should be returning to work, rather speak to your surgeon.
By this time, you should be ready to share your new look with others and any remaining bruising and swelling can be covered by makeup. You will also be able to resume most of your usual activities after this time but speak to your surgeon if you’re unsure about any activities. You will still need to protect your incisions during this time by keeping them clean and protected with sunscreen should you be heading outside.
You will need at least 4 – 6 weeks to fully recover from this procedure so extra care still needs to be taken after the first month.