People with unsightly wrinkles and skin that sags frequently choose a facelift, to help them attain a more young, natural appearance. A facelift can help you take care of any insecurities you may have in your face or neck. This procedure includes a brow lift, neck lift, cheek implant, and much more. 

If you’re thinking about getting a facelift, it’s crucial to understand not only the surgical procedure but also the recovery process. Even though final results may take a couple of months to appear, the recovery period is substantially shorter.

Recovery times are difficult to predict, since they are influenced by a variety of factors. This includes personal health, age, and the procedure conducted. Following your cosmetic surgeon’s instructions after the treatment, as well as having a thorough understanding of the procedure, will also make a major difference in the results.

To ensure that you are well-informed of the recovery process, we have provided a 1-month facelift aftercare guide below.

Week 1

After a facelift, you should implement proper incision care and make sure the incision remains clean to avoid infection.

Day 1: You may feel shaky and drowsy after surgery. A family or a friend should be available to transport you home and look after you within the first 24 hours. The first day is typically when pain medication is needed the most, to help alleviate discomfort.

Day 2: By this time, you will have scheduled a follow-up appointment with your cosmetic surgeon. Your wounds and edema will be examined, and your postoperative bandages will be changed. If the region appears to be in good condition, the cosmetic surgeon will apply another dressing. They will also provide you information on how to care for your wound properly.

Day 3. Sleep is strongly advised by this day. You should begin to feel less pain and discomfort to the point where you are able to move more. Bruising and swelling normally peaks and will last for a couple weeks. If you have trouble sleeping, you should continue taking your prescription.

Days 4-6. You may not need anymore pain medication at this point. You should notice a decrease in edema or swelling, and feel more at ease moving around. If you’re feeling great, you may be able to do some light cleaning.

Week 2

Days 7-14. You’ll probably still see some bruising and swelling around the incision. This can, unfortunately, cause tingling, numbness, or stiffness. These are all frequent side effects of this procedure and, therefore, should not be treated seriously. You will feel more normal by the end of the second week. You will be able to return to your normal routine and be able to do modest exercises, such as walking. 

Weeks 3-4

Days 15-30. Sutures can be removed, at any time, between the end of the first and third week, depending on the operation and how quickly you heal. You may experience persistent puffiness and stiffness, but you will begin to appear more normal. Patients frequently notice significant changes in their facial shape at this point. By this time, you should be able to resume physical activity and enjoy activities. The bruising will appear pinkish-red in color, although this will disappear over time.

After Day 30, what can you expect?

After one month, you should be able to resume routine functions and enjoy your new appearance. Very slight edema, scarring, stiffness, and numbness can last up to a year, though they are usually only apparent to you.

Please note that the timeframes listed above are simply approximate. Everyone’s experience will be different. You should do your homework, apply the required precautions, and follow the surgeon’s post-operative instructions. It will allow you to recover much quicker and get the greatest results. It’s critical to be in touch with your cosmetic surgeon throughout the procedure. Ask any questions and let the surgeon know if you’re having any unusual symptoms.