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.