What To Expect After Your Facelift

Facelifts are one of the most popular of all plastic surgery procedures. Long-lasting and effective, a facelift by an Austin, TX, plastic surgeon can rejuvenate a face and restore lost confidence to men and women alike. Unlike Botox or fillers, facelifts offer much more permanent results but also require more recovery time. Here’s what to expect after you recover from a facelift in Austin, TX.

Different Facelifts, Different Recovery Times

There are several different types of facelifts and every facelift is different but, in general, a facelift affects the cheeks or midface, jowls, and neck, with scars that can normally be camouflaged in the sideburn, along the front of the ear, and along the hairline behind the ear. The different types of facelifts may include: Deep Plane Lift, SMAS Lift, Short Scar Lifts, Endoscopic Lifts, and the Midface or Neck Lift. The Deep Plane Lift is the most thorough facelift in Austin, TX, while procedures like the Short Scar Lift or Cheek Lift are more targeted to specific areas. As to be expected, more in-depth procedures have longer recovery times.

What To Expect During Recovery

Each facelift in an Austin, TX, clinic is tailored to the person on whom it is performed and depending on how much work you have done, recovery times will vary. Recovery time is important to the long-term results of the facelift. After any type of facial rejuvenation procedure, patients can expect bruising and swelling which will decrease over time. We’ve broken down the recovery time into four stages:

Days 1-7 Post-Op. This is the time to take it easy. You’ll have some swelling and bruising to deal with and may even have small tubes inserted under the skin to drain excess fluids. Some patients feel perfectly fine and are ready to resume their normal day-to-day activities right away, others appreciate time to rest and relax. During this time you’ll need to care for your sutures/incisions to make sure they don’t become infected, and keep an eye on the swelling. It should start decreasing within 3-4 days post-op. You’ll likely see your surgeon the day after surgery but probably not again this week, unless you develop an infection.
Days 8-14 Post-Op. After a week, bruising and swelling decrease and you may experience tingling, tightness, or numbness as the skin heals. You won’t quite be feeling back to normal yet but will probably have more energy and will be encouraged to remain active but avoid overly strenuous activities.
Days 15-30 Post-Op. By now your incisions and sutures will look better. They won’t be so red and irritated and some of the sutures may have even dissolved already. The vast majority of your swelling and bruising will be gone and many people go back to work during this time.
Day 30 and Beyond. After a month you will look and feel like your old self to most people. Only you may notice the subtle changes that have taken place in your face and that’s a good thing! The best facelifts don’t dramatically change your looks; they simply make you look fresher and rejuvenated. Keep in mind that it can take up to one full year for your skin to heal completely and your scars to fade. Make-up and new hairstyles can help hide scars if you feel self-conscious about them.

To learn more about having a facelift with Dr. John McFate in Austin, TX, contact our office at (512) 270-8047 or schedule a confidential consultation online.