After having a facelift performed there will be a number of things you will need to do in order to accelerate the healing and ensure a successful procedure. Dr. Scheu will go over these things with you when you are preparing for surgery, however preparing ahead of time can help ease the stress and ensure you have plenty of time to recover. Each type of facelift procedure and how extensive each procedure is will determine just exactly how much time you will want to allot for recovery as well as how long healing will take. It is important to follow your doctor’s guidelines for your specific procedure.
Immediately After Your Facelift
As with any type of surgery there will be a period of initial recovery. During this time, you will have bandages at the surgical sites designed to minimize swelling and bruising. This is completely normal after a surgical procedure, and you will be able to remove the bandages fairly soon. Your doctor may prescribe pain medication or antibiotics if necessary.
The First Week After Your Facelift
Swelling may continue for a few days, then start to go down after day 3 or 4. Bruising will likely also be present and can shock some patients, so be sure to be prepared for a fair amount of bruising that will take some time to fade. Dr. Scheu will give you a list of things that you should refrain from doing, and you will likely want to take this week off completely from work to rest up and facilitate healing.
Getting Back to Normal
Generally, at 7-10 days, you will be able to apply makeup, and think about returning to work in week 2. By week 2 to 3, you can more or less resume your normal life. Keep in mind that incisions and some bruising may still be visible from your facial cosmetic surgery. But, a bit of creative makeup or hair styling will help to cover any evidence of surgery which remains, until final healing takes place.