What is Recovery from Facelift Surgery Like?

Beautiful brunette outdoorMany people, even with a strict and dedicated aesthetic treatment plan, cannot slow the signs of aging and keep a youthful look to their face. While regular in-office aesthetic options can help, surgical intervention might be the best option to quickly achieve your desired look.

Along with other surgical options, such as lip augmentation, facelift surgery can dramatically and positively change your looks with long-lasting results. Although facelift surgery can also include other procedures, such as brow and forehead lifts, the general procedure and recovery are very similar.

As with many cosmetic surgeries, facelift surgery is conducted in a surgical setting under anesthesia. Depending on the specific procedure and technique, your surgeon will use small incisions and manipulate the skin into the desired position before using sutures to hold it in place.

You will spend most of the time recovering from the anesthesia and procedure for the first week or so. Rest is the most crucial point during this time to allow the facial skin to begin to heal in the intended place.

Over the next few weeks, you may notice fluctuating bruising and swelling around the face. This is normal and will begin to subside over time. Ice and anti-inflammatory medication can help reduce more moderate swelling or pain. You can also begin light activity, such as walking, during this time.

Up to the first month following the procedure, you will want to protect your face from impact or abrasion as much as possible while the healing continues. You can increase your activity level during this period, as most people can return to their everyday life about 30 days after the procedure.

If you are considering facelift surgery and are concerned about the recovery needed after, call UMass Memorial Cosmetic Surgery Center in Worcester, MA, at 508-334-5990 or visit www.cosmeticsurgicenter.com. The team of doctors and aestheticians can walk you through the entire process and develop a treatment plan that best meets all your aesthetic goals.

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