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Your Ultimate Guide to Facelift Recovery

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Facelift surgery (rhytidectomy) is an effective way to get a more refreshed, firmer, and smoother facial contour that can help make you look years younger. If you’re seriously considering a facelift, you might wonder what the recovery process entails. 

Beautiful woman with arrows on face to show the concept of skin tightening.

Keep reading for your ultimate guide to facelift recovery:

What Is Recovery Like the Day After a Facelift?

You’ll likely feel some discomfort the first day after your facelift — that is often unavoidable as you’ve just had surgery. Fortunately, many anesthetics used during your procedure will continue to help with pain relief during your initial hours of recovery.

Your plastic surgeon will prescribe you pain medication, which you can take to manage the pain. Additionally, you may have some bruising, swelling, and tightness around the neck. This is normal, including if the bruising or swelling seems more apparent on one side.

Rest is the most important thing during this first day. You’ll want to stay in bed so your body can save all its energy for healing. Make sure you arrange for someone to help out around the house. You’ll also need to keep your head elevated to reduce swelling.

What Is Recovery Like One to Two Weeks After a Facelift?

As your first week progresses, you’ll notice that you’re starting to feel better. You probably won’t need your pain medication anymore, and you may feel up to some light activity. Move if you can, but don’t push yourself. Only light walking is recommended until week two.

Expect tingling, numbness, or itching during the first two weeks as swelling subsides. This is a sign of your body healing.

At 10 to 14 days, you can often return to work and light duty activities. Those with highly strenuous jobs need to wait a bit longer.

What Is Recovery Like Six Weeks After a Facelift?

By week six, patients can resume vigorous exercise. 

Note that you’ll be able to see the initial results of your procedure already, but it can take a little time for the final results to settle.

What Is Recovery Like Six Months After a Facelift?

By six months, you should be completely healed. You can do any activity you wish and see the full results of the facelift.

What Does a Facelift Look Like?

Before and after image showing the results of a facelift performed in Las Vegas, NV.

If you are considering a facelift, visit Dr. Alexander’s facelift before and after gallery to see how he has helped his previous patients.

Interested in a Facelift?

If you’re looking for a facelift in Las Vegas, consider contacting Dr. Alexander & Co. Dr. Alexander is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. 

He believes in taking a personalized approach with every patient because he knows everyone has different goals they want to achieve. 

Book a consultation today to understand if a facelift is right for you and get any questions answered by the doctor himself! Schedule an appointment by filling out this form or calling (702) 242-6776.

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