Recovery After a Face Lift

Complete Guidance for an Easy, Stress-Free Facelift Recovery

If you are considering facial plastic surgery, you may be concerned about what facelift recovery will entail. At South Texas Plastic Surgery in Victoria, TX, Dr. Brian F. Burns will make himself available to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have. With his personalized guidance, any discomfort or anxiety you may have during recovery could be reduced. Most importantly, when you choose an experienced doctor like Dr. Burns to perform your mini, mid, or full facelift, you will have a very low risk for complications and enjoy stunning final results. 

A woman examines the wrinkles on her face in a mirror

Advanced Preparation Can Make Recovery Easier

Pre-planning can help ensure the most successful recovery possible. Although Dr. Burns will provide completely personalized guidance during the weeks leading up to your facelift surgery, there are a number of steps you can take prior to your procedure that can help ensure success:

  • Quit smoking: Smoking inhibits blood flow and makes it more difficult for your body to heal.
  • Take time off from work: Typically, you will need to take at least two weeks off; however, you may need more time if you have a physically demanding job.
  • Find a caretaker: The first few days of your recovery will be easier if you have a friend or family member who can stay with you to help with cooking and other routine tasks.
  • Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of liquids in the days leading up to your surgery, as this can help promote faster healing.
  • Stock up on supplies: Make sure you have plenty of soft foods on hand that are high in protein. You should also stock up on medical supplies, ice packs, and entertainment.

Initial Healing

Immediately following your facelift surgery, you will likely experience some moderate discomfort, including swelling and bruising. Dr. Burns can provide mild pain medications, and you can use ice packs to further reduce inflammation. Dr. Burns will also provide compression bandages, and it is very important that you use these bandages as directed. Not only will they ease discomfort, they can also help your skin heal according to the new contours of your face, yielding subtler, more natural results. You should keep the bandages clean and dry, changing them as directed. If Dr. Burns places drains after your facelift, you will also need to clean them regularly. In most cases, drains will come out after a few days.

At South Texas Plastic Surgery we make facelift recovery as easy as possible through personalized guidance and meticulous follow-up appointments.

During the first week of your recovery, you will need to get plenty of rest, although short walks around the house are beneficial. Sleep with your head elevated, and limit bathing to keep your incisions dry. You will not be able to drive for the first few days, so you should find someone who can drive you to and from your follow-up appointments. It is very important that you keep these appointments so that Dr. Burns can monitor your recovery and look for any signs of complications.

Your Full Facelift Recovery

Your exact healing time will depend on the extent of your surgery and whether you had a full facelift, a mini facelift, or a mid facelift. It can also vary based on your body’s own healing processes. In most cases, you can return to work and moderate exercise in approximately two weeks. You should continue to avoid strenuous activities like heavy lifting and running for about a month. Dr. Burns will advise you about your specific workout routine, as well as when you can start wearing makeup again.

Discomfort should begin to subside within a week or two. It can take several months for all swelling to go down, although most will go away in a few weeks. As it does, you could start to enjoy the results of your treatment. You may look years younger, and, in turn, you could experience a huge boost of self-confidence.

Contact Us to Learn More

To learn more about your facelift recovery and how you can prepare, contact South Texas Plastic Surgery online. You can also call (361) 576-1975 to speak to a member of our team. 

What I liked about Dr. Burns is, he was in no hurry when I talked to him. He listened to my concerns and answered all my questions before my procedure. Bobby
I would recommend him to anyone who will listen. He goes to great lengths to make sure you are happy with his work.   Tina
From the moment I walked into Dr. Burns’ office I felt so comfortable; from the welcome at the front desk to the friendly staff waiting for me in back. Paula
I did my research and asked everyone who to use and it was unanimous: they all said to use Dr. Brian Burns at South Texas Plastic Surgery. Shelly

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