The Facelift Recovery Process

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While each patient’s recovery is unique, there are a few things you can expect during the healing process after your facelift surgery. In general, it takes most patients about one month to mostly recover, however, many find that they can return to work and other light activities within just one week. There are various factors at play, so Dr. Ronald Schuster always makes sure to provide detailed post-operative care instructions to ensure your recovery is as smooth as possible. Here is a timeline of what to expect as you heal.

Week 1

A facelift can be done as an outpatient procedure, meaning you can go home the same day as the surgery. However, some facilities will allow you to stay overnight for a discounted fee. If you are going home the same day as surgery, we recommend asking someone to drive you home since you will be groggy from the anesthesia.

Every few days after your facelift, you will visit Dr. Schuster at our Baltimore office to monitor your healing and remove bandages/stitches as necessary. You will experience some swelling and bruising around the face, which can be controlled with pain medication. By the end of the first week, your swelling should be more manageable.

Week 2

If you have only had surgery on your neck, you can return to work or school after the first week. However, if you have had a procedure on both the neck and face, we suggest waiting at least two weeks. At this point, you will still have some bruising and swelling, as well as some tingling. This is normal and should subside within the next couple of weeks. At the end of the second week, you can cover up the bruising and swelling with makeup.

Weeks 3-4

Once you reach the third or fourth week, you should start feeling a lot better. While there will be some residual swelling, you will start to see the results of your facelift, especially improvements in facial contour. At the end of week four, you can return to your regular activities, including exercise.

Ready to Restore Your Facial Appearance?

If you want to turn back the clock and rejuvenate your face, call us today at 410-902-9800 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schuster. He will go over the procedure and healing process in detail so you can be confident in your recovery. We offer in-person consultations at our office in Baltimore, Maryland and virtual consultations for out-of-town patients.

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