Many patients who are considering a facelift want to know about the healing process and when they will see the full potential of their results. Dr. Michael Kelly explains the timeline recovery process following facelift surgery.
Facelift Before and After – Timeline Results
Pain and discomfort are both quite common in the first few days after a facelift has been performed. The same is true with bruising and swelling. For soreness, recommended pain relievers can be taken as directed. While strenuous physical activities should be avoided, patients ought to walk around a bit in their home in order to promote circulation and help prevent blood clots.
At the end of the first two weeks, patients should notice the pain and discomfort they’ve experienced becoming less of an issue. A follow-up visit will likely have taken place by this time in order to monitor the healing progress and address any post-surgical concerns if they come up. Most patients will be able to return to work by the two-week mark, though they may need to avoid certain job duties depending on the nature of their occupation.
By the end of the first month after facelift surgery, patients should notice a continued reduction in minor swelling. Some minor swelling and issues with numbness around the incisions sites may persist, though improvements will continue to be steady. Patients will be able to return to a number of regular activities at this point.
The facelift before and after recovery process: The Months Ahead
In the months after a facelift, patients will notice the minor swelling abate and will be able to return to their normal activities. This includes being able to go into hot tubs and saunas as well as heavy lifting. Issues with sensitivity and numbness around incisions sites should resolve by this point as well.
The facelift before and after recovery process: Post-Surgical Scarring
See facelift before and after pictures of Dr. Michael Kelly’s patients. Scarring is a reality after any surgical procedure, and it’s no exception with a facelift. Thankfully the incisions are generally well-hidden, and they are difficult to notice. With that said, scarring also fades over time, so much so in some cases that people may not even notice the scar when it’s in their view. Issues with scarring can be discussed in greater detail as part of the consultation process.