Dr. Schalit offers facelifts treatments to help you recapture a more youthful look. In the hands of a skilled surgeon like Dr. Schalit, the procedure and recovery period will flow smoothly, with minimal downtime. Read on to learn more about what you can expect during your facelift recovery.

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Facelift Overview

A facelift procedure can produce stunning results. Lifting sagging skin, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, and restoring the natural contour to the neck can turn back the clock. When done right, your facelift recovery period holds no surprises (or regrets) since your recovery team will walk you through each step of the process. 

For most patients, recovery time lasts anywhere from two to four weeks, depending on your overall lifestyle and how you care for your health during recovery.

What Is a Facelift?

As the body ages, your skin loses its volume and elasticity, especially on the face. When this happens, skin starts to sag, creating the fine lines and wrinkles that develop with age. Add to this the damaging effects of sun exposure, smoking, and possible genetic influences and signs of aging can appear fairly quickly.

Fortunately, methods exist to counter the effects of aging and restore a youthful appearance. That is what a facelift does.

A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, addresses sagging skin on the face and remodels underlying tissues to create symmetry among the facial structures. Removing excess skin along the face and tightening the facial and neck muscles will help recapture a more youthful-looking you. 

As straightforward as a rhytidectomy procedure sounds, the importance of choosing a well-trained and experienced cosmetic surgeon cannot be overlooked. A surgeon’s credentials and track record will ultimately determine the quality of results you get. 

Dr. Schalit holds the prestigious designation of Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. This is an accreditation that only the nation’s top surgeons receive. These are the types of credentials you want to see next to your cosmetic surgeon’s name.

How Long Does Facelift Recovery Take?

Facelifts take place in an outpatient using local anesthesia with intravenous sedation. Under these conditions, recovery times are quick, and your degree of recovery discomfort remains low.

Expect to experience some swelling and bruising along the treatment areas for the first week after your procedure. By the end of the second, most of the bruising will completely fade. If you lead an active lifestyle, it’s best to wait a month before resuming any type of vigorous activity.

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What Can I Expect During Recovery?

During recovery, you may be required to wear a bandage around your face to keep swelling and bruising at a minimum. As your face heals, excess blood or fluid is not uncommon. In this instance, small tubes are needed to drain the residual fluids. Dr. Schalit will also provide you with specific instructions regarding:

  • Any medications you need to apply or take
  • How to care for your face as it heals 
  • Follow-up appointments

And here are a few tips for a healthy facelift recovery period include:

  • Eating healthy.
  • Getting proper rest.
  • Keeping your head elevated.
  • Keeping your sutures clean.

How Long Does a Facelift Last?

While the results from a facelift won’t last forever, you can expect to see noticeable, long-lasting results for a minimum of ten years or longer. 

Again, your choice of surgeon will greatly impact how long a facelift will last. 

What Should I Do to Prepare for a Facelift?

Proper preparation for a rhytidectomy procedure can go a long way towards making your recovery time as comfortable as possible. Here are few things you’ll want to do beforehand:

  • Consultation with an expert surgeon
  • Create a recovery space in your home
  • Abstain from drinking and smoking
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions on how to take any medications you’re already on
  • Review the post-op recovery plan you were given before the procedure

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If you have further questions about facelift procedures, we encourage you to schedule a private consultation with us in Daytona Beach, Florida today. Call us at (386) 252-6438 or fill out our convenient online contact form.