How long is recovery after a facelift?

If you’ve decided to undergo a facelift, you’re probably expecting to get beautiful results. Getting beautiful results after facelift surgery has a lot do with a successful recovery process. Therefore patients should be sure to follow the post-op instructions of their plastic surgeon. During consultation they should also find out what to expect as they heal, and how long is recovery after a facelift.

Facelift Surgery
A facelift (rhytidectomy) is a surgical procedure that is done to reduce visible signs of aging on the face and neck. It improves skin tone and elasticity, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. A facelift may be performed on its own or in combination with other procedures such as eyelid surgery, forehead lift, or nose reshaping.

How long is recovery after a facelift?
The recovery time after a facelift varies depending on the extent of the procedure performed, and the technique used. Different techniques can result in variable degrees of swelling and bruising.

As a general rule, the majority of the swelling after facelift surgery takes about 10-14 days to subside, but some swelling may persist for up to 8 months.

Most patients are able to go out in public after about 7 days, and are usually able to return to work any time after that.

Numbness and tingling are also common side-effects of facelift surgery. These symptoms gradually resolve over the following weeks and months, as the body returns to normal.

After facelift surgery it’s important to talk to your surgeon about any concerns you may have, to ensure that healing is as comfortable as possible.

Would you like to find out more about facelift surgery and recovery? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Tupelo, MS area, Accent Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery is our featured practice.

You can reach them at, or call 662-377-6290 to set up a consultation.

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