How to recover from a facelift

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Once you have had your facelift procedure, it helps to understand the recovery process and have some information that can aid your healing. This will help you in recognizing what is normal and when is it important to call our office during your recovery. More info at http://www.drlangsdon.com/

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  • How to: Recover from a Facelift

    The Langsdon Clinic

    Once you have had your procedure, it helps to understand the recovery process and have some

    information that can aid your healing. This will help you in recognizing what is normal and when is it

    important to call our office during your recovery.

    Facelift Recovery

    The most important step of facelift recovery is to follow your surgeons orders very closely,

    before and after surgery.

    After your procedure, a bandage may be placed around your face to minimize swelling and

    bruising.

    You will receive careful instructions on how to care for your surgical site and instructions

    regarding medications that aid healing and reduce the risk of infection. Our staff will also

    guide you with specific instructions. Be gentle with your hair, hairline and face as they are all

    tender.

    During the first 4-5 days post-surgery, you can expect to have the most swelling, bruising

    and tenderness which are normal. Patients typically do not feel pain but more of a tight

    sensation.

    On average, facelift patients will begin to experience less swelling and discomfort in 5-7

    days.

    By two weeks time, most facelift patients are ready to return to work. Most physical

    noticeable improvements and healing will also appear during this time.

    Abstain from heavy lifting and/or active exercise for at least 1 month after your procedure.

    If you are planning to attend a formal/high profile event, it is best to give yourself 4-6 weeks

    to heal before the event.

    If you happen to experience intense pain inform your surgeon as soon as possible.

    Understand that discomfort should be consistent while undergoing the healing process but

    should not be abrupt and unusual. Swelling is normal as well, however new type of swelling

    which randomly appears days or even weeks later can be a cause for concern.

    Immediately report to Dr. Langsdon any questions or concerns to avoid pain or any long

    term complications.

  • Questions to ask your plastic surgeon:

    What medications will I be prescribed after surgery?

    Will I have bandages after surgery and when will they be removed?

    Will my stitches be removed and when?

    When can I wear makeup?

    When can I resume normal day to day activities?

    When can I resume high active exercise?

    Potential Risks

    Complications can occur following a facelift procedure. Though typically infrequent and uncommon,

    it is best to know the potential risks to be prepared if they do occur.

    Negative reactions to anesthesia

    Hematoma and bleeding

    Infection

    Poor wound healing and skin loss

    Facial nerve injury

    Prolonged swelling

    Persistent pain

    Permanent numbness or other changes in skin sensation

    Unsightly scarring

    Persistent pain

    These are other risks will be fully discusses with you prior to your procedure. It is important to

    address these risks and all other questions directly with your Dr. Langsdon.