Facelift recovery time can span anywhere from a few weeks to a few months

Facelift recovery time is an important factor for Charlotte, NC patients to consider when planning their surgery. Patients can expect some pain, swelling, bruising, and more following surgery and will need to take time at home to rest following the procedure. It is important that patients make plans to take time off work and away from activities to properly heal.

Preparing for surgery is an important step in planning for recovery

Patients will need to follow doctor’s orders before surgery to help ensure the best results possible. By following doctor’s orders before surgery, patients can help aid their recovery and ensure the smoothest recovery possible.

Prior to surgery patients will need to stop smoking. Smoking can affect the blood vessels, so it is important to quit smoking before surgery and not to start again until fully recovered. Patients will also need to avoid taking certain common pain relievers such as aspirin and Ibuprofen. Discuss any medications you are currently taking with the surgeon. They may have you alter the dosage, or quit taking, certain medications before surgery and after surgery.

Patients should expect swelling, bruising, and some pain following surgery

As with all surgeries, patients will experience pain, swelling, and bruising of the face and neck following surgery. The surgeon should prescribe painkillers, do not take aspirin or Ibuprofen until the doctor approves it. To help with the swelling, patients should keep the head elevated and get plenty of rest.

The type of facelift surgery a patient has affects the facelift recovery time

There are multiple types of a facelifts patients can have as each targets different areas and are designed for different people. A deep plan facelift, for example, is a bit more invasive than the deep plan minituck or SignatureLift procedures. Thus, it has a longer recovery time. The Deep plan minituck is less invasive, but may still require a few weeks to a month for patients to feel confident going out and about again. The SignatureLift is done under sedation rather than anaesthetic and typically has the shortest recovery time.

Some patients may also have other surgeries done as well. If additional procedures are done, this will increase the facelift recovery time. Be sure to talk to your surgeon about your procedure’s recovery time prior to surgery.

The face may be tender for a while following surgery

Following surgery, the face will be swollen and bruised. Once the swelling goes down and bruises fade, patients may experience tenderness of the face and incision areas, such as along the hairline and behind the ears or under the chin. Be sure to be gentle when applying makeup and brushing hair until the tenderness fades.

Charlotte’s most experienced facelift surgeon

The most experienced facial surgeon in the Charlotte, NC area is Dr. Sean Freeman. Dr. Freeman developed the SignatureLift procedure and teaches it to other physicians. Dr. Freeman has the skills needed to help give patients a natural looking facelift. Be sure to contact his office today to schedule an appointment to discuss your goals, facelift recovery time, and what he can do to help you.