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How Long Does Recovery Take After a Facelift?

How Long Does Recovery Take After a Facelift?

A facelift is a surgical procedure in which the excess skin from each side of the face is removed and the remaining flaps of skin are pulled back to create a youthful, tight look. Some facelifts may also involve altering the tissue beneath the skin.  

With facelifts, you can expect to go out in public as early as one day after your procedure. Some puffiness and bruises might still be visible, but you can cover it up with some makeup. 

The final results, however, may take longer to achieve, especially if you combine facelifts with other procedures such as eyelid surgery or fat injections. 

Below, we asked Dr. Richard M. Levin, our expert at Lancaster Plastic Surgery, about the different types of facelifts. Read on to discover the recovery timeline for each of them. 

Understanding the different types of facelifts

Depending on your needs, you can choose from several types of facelifts, including the following:

Dr. Levin can combine facelifts with other anti-aging procedures as well. For example, if you’re lacking volume in the face, he may recommend dermal fillers to fill in the areas suffering from fat and muscle loss. 

In addition to surgical facelifts, Dr. Levin also offers a non-invasive type of facelift used for combating mild to moderate signs of aging: The liquid facelift doesn’t involve any incisions. Rather, it involves the use of injectables to add volume to the face and smooth out wrinkles. 

What you can expect during your facelift recovery 

With most types of facelifts, even the most invasive ones, you only need one day of bed rest. This can be either at home or at a facility, where you will be monitored for possible complications. 

During the first night, you’ll wear two thin drain tubes that collect fluid and prevent it from building up into your face and neck.

After one day, you’ll most likely be able to go outside, as the incisions and the stitches will be hidden in the hairline. 

Four to five days after the surgery, Dr. Levin will remove the stitches from the incisions. Two to three weeks after the surgery, you can start working out again, as long as the exercises you perform aren’t too strenuous. 

You can expect to see the final results about three months after the surgery. 

Learn more about getting a facelift 

On average, facelift patients report looking 12 years younger after getting a facelift. Would you like to turn back time? If so, contact us to schedule an appointment. 

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