Patients often wonder how long the recovery period is for a cosmetic procedure. It’s on everyone’s mind. This makes complete sense, especially given the fact we all lead hectic lives. With work, social obligations, and family, many of us don’t have spare time. Spending hours away from our responsibilities isn’t a viable option. With a face lift, recovery depends on numerous factors, including age, anesthesia used, the surgery itself, and more.
Immediately Following Surgery
It’s important to rest easy during the first week of recovery. In fact, for the first 24 hours, you should have a close friend or family member nearby. The fatigue or nausea you experience within the first week is typically due to pain medication. Your face may experience some swelling or bruising, which are common side effects, but that’s all. Both will dissipate after a brief period.
You’ll be prescribed pain medication to ease the discomfort. You shouldn’t feel too much pain, though. If so, contact your doctor immediately.
Typical Recovery Time
Every patient is different. However, noticeable swelling and bruising will go down within two weeks. Most patients return to work within two weeks. That’s all. A brief two-week period without social obligations or work is enough. During this time, you should rest easy. That does not mean bed rest. You can still move about. It’s best to avoid strenuous exercises, though. This is particularly the case for any activities involving facial muscles.
If you happen to have a special occasion, it’s best to schedule surgery a month beforehand. While one month is typically more than enough, it’s best to be safe than sorry.
If you’re ready to schedule a consultation appointment, contact J Hopkins Plastic Surgery by calling 972-298-6641. We’re happy to answer your questions and prepare you for a facelift, including the recovery period afterward.