The duration of the recovery period from a facelift will vary depending on what exactly has been done. In most cases, healing will occur in a week to 10 days. The success of the surgery will depend on many things, such as the condition of the skin and the shape of the face. The recovery process will also play a role in the surgery’s success.
Facelifts are not as invasive as people believe, so the healing time is not very long. Incisions are small and a located in areas that are not overly visible, such as on the scalp and behind the ears. The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, usually taking around 2 hours to complete.
Following the surgery, the patient will be bandaged for about 3 days and the recovery should be complete within 6 weeks maximum. To assist with recovery, patients should refrain from smoking. Most surgeons will require the patient to quit smoking at least one month before the surgery. This is because smoking can increase the chances of infection, which will slow down the healing process. Recovery is generally painless. Patients may feel some discomfort for the first few days.
For a consultation or more information on the procedure and the recovery process, contact Elite Facial Plastic Surgery.