Facelift recovery can vary depending on the type of procedure, the extent of correction, the patient's age, health status, and individual healing rate. Here are some general guidelines on what to expect during a typical facelift recovery period:
Week 1: You may experience some swelling, bruising, numbness, tingling, and tightness in the face and neck area. You should follow your surgeon's instructions on how to care for the surgical site and drains and take medications to reduce pain and prevent infection. You should also avoid strenuous activities, sun exposure, and alcohol. You may have a bandage around your face and small tubes to draw off excess blood or fluid. Your surgeon will remove or change your dressings and evaluate your progress during a follow-up visit. You may also have your stitches removed by the end of the first week or later.
Week 2: You may still have some swelling and bruising, but they should start to subside. You may also feel some numbness, tingling, and tightness, but these are normal and will gradually improve. You may resume some light activities, such as walking and doing household chores, but you should still avoid strenuous exercise, sun exposure, and alcohol. You may also return to work and wear makeup, depending on your comfort level and your surgeon's advice.
Week 3 and 4: You may see some improvement in your appearance, but you may still have some residual swelling and bruising. You may also have some scars, but they will fade over time. You may resume most of your normal activities, but you should still be careful with your face and neck. You should also follow your surgeon's recommendations on skincare and sun protection.
Beyond 4 weeks: You may begin to see the final results of your facelift, but it may take several months for the swelling to completely resolve and the scars to mature. You should be patient and realistic with your expectations, as the results of a facelift are not permanent and may change over time due to aging, gravity, and environmental factors. You should also maintain a healthy lifestyle and a good skincare routine to prolong the benefits of your facelift.