Facelift Recovery

Short Guide to Facelift Recovery

Full facelift recovery can take months, but the major adjustment period just takes a few days.  Of course, much depends on the nature of the facelift surgery.  If you only have a mini-facelift, your facelift recovery might only take a few days.  However, with a full facelift, there are definitely precautions that you should take to insure your facelift is a success.

Here are some basic guidelines—you should however, always follow your own doctor’s instructions over any information you read here.  Remember that your doctor is the one who is most in the know about the operation he or she is performing and knows the best procedures to recover from it.

Just After the Operation

Right after the operation, if your surgeon clears you to leave, you will want to have a caretaker there to drive you home.  Although a facelift surgery is a cosmetic surgery, it will still require heavy sedation, so you should be sure to find someone who can take you home and take care of your needs those first couple of days until the bandages are off.

During this period, you will not really get a full sense of your face because the bandages will obscure things.  You should lie in bed and do as little as possible.  Be careful not to use a pillow or to turn onto your stomach, otherwise you risk damaging the affected area.

You may feel some pain and numbness—especially in this early period.  If the pain is very intense or if the numbness seems to spread, see your physician immediately.

Removing the Bandages

A couple of days after the operation, you will return to your doctor and he or she will remove the majority of the bandages so that you will get your first look at your new face.  This is one of the critical moments in facelift recovery, though it is important to remember that most people are rather disappointed in what they see at first.  The disappointment stems from the unrealistic expectations they may have about how effective their surgery may be.

In addition, right after the bandages are removed, the patient’s face has not yet healed from its experience.  It is still swollen and numb.  What the patient sees will pass and soon they will begin to feel normal again and to see their face as it will truly be.  At that point, patients are pretty excited.

It is also, natural, however, for some patients to become rather depressed at this point.  Patients should be aware if they suddenly feel blue and if the feeling lasts, they should seek professional help.



There are several things that patients should be careful to avoid or do carefully in the early days after surgery.  Patients should be careful, of course not to face down during sleep or to use a pillow.  Some surgeons recommend months of this, but one month is just more realistic.  In addition, saunas are not a good idea during this period and the heat and moisture can cause complications.  Along the same line, many cosmetic surgeons suggest that patients not take part in sexual relations during this period either.

Continued Aging

Of course, a facelift is not a magic elixir of youth.  You will still continue to age.  This means that you should continue to take good care of your face and you body.  In addition, you may find that gravity continues to have its effect and that you may again need another surgery some ten years later.

Of course, you do not want to become one of those people who seem to be addicted to plastic surgery, but if you find that the effects are not as well-defined as you once were, it is possible to do another corrective surgery.