Being aware of what to expect during your face lift recovery and educating yourself on how to ensure safe and proper healing can help you achieve the youthful and healthy results you desire. Full recovery for a face lift procedure typically lasts several months, and there are several considerations to keep in mind throughout the process to help you reach your goal of a fresher appearance and smooth, glowing skin.
In order to minimize initial swelling and bruising after your face lift surgery, your face and head will be loosely bandaged, and it is recommended that you keep your head elevated and immobile for the first few days following surgery. Swelling, numbness and skin discoloration can typically be expected to last for about 2 weeks, with most patients being able to return to work within that time frame. Proper rest, as well as avoiding alcohol, saunas and steam rooms for several months following surgery will ensure a successful face lift recovery and lasting results.
Most doctors advise waiting two weeks before returning to your normal exercise or physical activity, as engaging in these activities too soon may lead to issues that could slow the healing process, such as ripped stitches or infection. It is also usually recommended that you avoid things such as wearing earrings or coloring your hair for several weeks after your face lift. If you are unsure about whether or not it is appropriate for you to engage in a certain activity during your face lift recovery, you should always check with your doctor or surgeon.
Some recommendations for recovery vary depending on the type of face lift surgery performed. If you’re interested in exploring face lift options, including standard and mini face lifts, to help you reach your goal of a more youthful appearance, contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery in Tampa at 877-873-7522. We’ll be happy to arrange a consultation with Dr. Daniel Greenwald for patients in Tampa, Clearwater, Sarasota and beyond.