After a facelift Connecticut plastic surgeons at The Aesthetic Center will wrap the incisions in bandages, and may insert drainage tubes. If so, they are taken out the next day. If surgical clips are holding some incisions closed, they are removed, along with any stitches, 1 week after the procedure.
Post-facelift, swelling, numbness, bruising and a feeling of tightness or tension in the face and neck may be felt. The face may look uneven or distorted, and facial muscles may feel stiff. Most of these side effects resolve within 3 to 6 weeks, and sensation typically returns to normal within a few months. Scars become less red, raised, lumpy and itchy over time. Many patients return to work by the third week. Camouflage cosmetics can be used to minimize the appearance of bruising.
Your results will be visible immediately, but it can take several weeks for the full effects to become apparent as swelling subsides. Most patients can return to work and their normal activities after one to two weeks.
It is important to avoid strenuous activity, direct sun exposure, and smoking during the recovery period. You may also need to keep your head elevated when sleeping or lying down for several days following the procedure.
Your specialist will provide detailed instructions on how to care for your incisions and what to expect during the recovery process. Following these instructions will help ensure you achieve the best possible results.
As an additional concierge service, patients may stay in a Del Mar hotel accompanied by a nurse during their first night of recovery.
Results of a facelift are not permanent, and some patients choose to undergo another in 5 or 10 years. In some sense, however, effects are permanent; years later, the face continues to look better than if a facelift had not been performed.