A common question that Dr. Michael Kelly gets asked is:
What is the facelift recovery time?
On average, the great majority of patients go back to their normal daily lives within two weeks. There is, however, a degree of individual variation and this variation in terms of recovery can be analyzed from two different perspectives.
Firstly, you must determine what you mean by “recovery” because different parts of the face take different periods of time to recover. If we are referring to bruising and swelling, then it should be noted that approximately 80% of the bruising and swelling will be gone in the first week. A further 80% will go in the second week, so the majority of patients will have the bruising and swelling disappear within the first two weeks.
There are certain parts of the face that are more prone to bruising than others. The area around the lower eyelids, for example, can be bruised for quite some time. Occasionally, it could take a month or even a few months for all of the swelling to disappear. In these cases, there is often a pre-existing condition that is contributing to the prolonged period of swelling.
Many patients also want to know how painful the recovery will be. The majority of patients experience discomfort within the first 48 hours following the facelift procedure. After this period, few patients need to take pain medication. Patients can also experience a bit of numbness around the ears and chin area during the first few weeks, after which feeling and sensitivity returns to these areas. Very rarely does this numbness last a matter of months.
Most patients return to regular activities such as watching television and using the internet after a few days. Patients also go back to social activities within two weeks. Exercise should be avoided for the first few weeks following the surgery. A good way to speed up your recovery time is to ice the eyes regularly after the facelift procedure as this will help the swelling go down.
Secondly, one must consider the individual factors that influence recovery. If you have a pre-existing condition such as diabetes, then this should be discussed with your doctor beforehand as it will need to be managed and well-controlled. Pre-existing conditions can influence the way you will heal. Keeping an eye on your sugar levels will help you recover after your surgery. The type of facelift that you get, such as the mini facelift, will also influence your recovery time.
For more information about facelift recovery, contact Dr. Michael Kelly today.