Having any type of surgery can create a feeling of anxiety, but education and preparation can be a great tool to fight these worrisome feelings. When it comes to facelift recovery, there are four different primary stages patients go through.
Stage 1 – first week out
The first week after your facelift procedure will be the most difficult, but there are things you can do to improve your comfort level. Plenty of rest is essential to let your body heal, so take the week off and plan to have someone assist you for the first day to couple days following surgery. You can expect some discomfort, peaking around day three and four, as well as swelling and bruising. These can be managed with prescription medication and an ice pack. During the first week, you’ll be required to wear a compression garment to help the healing process. Be sure to wear this as instructed.
Stage 2 – second week
At week two, you may have some residual bruising and swelling, and you may not be quite ready to show off your results. The good news is that you should be feeling much better and are encouraged to engage in light activity such as walking and bicycling. At your follow-up appointment, Dr. Cruise will assess your healing progress and let you know when you can increase physical activity.
Stage 3 – third to fourth week
Feelings of tightness and some swelling are still normal during this stage, but patients often begin noticing their incisions improving and begin to feel more comfortable going out in public. At week four, you can increase your activity level (but still take it easy) as long as you feel comfortable.
Stage 4 – the fourth week and beyond
After four weeks, you’ll be able to resume your normal routine and it won’t be obvious that you’ve had work done. Your general recovery time is over, but your face will still be healing over the next few months. Dr. Cruise will request several more follow-up appointments to ensure proper healing and document your progress with photos.
For more information on your facelift recovery timeline or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cruise, contact our office today!