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What to Expect

Recovery times vary from patient to patient. In general, the “bigger” the procedure, the longer the recovery time, and the converse is also true. However, within each group of patients, there are individual differences.

Compared to a QuickLift™, a traditional facelift recovery takes about twice as long, an average of 8-20 days. Bear in mind, however, that these are averages. Some individuals may heal more quickly, while others may take longer to fully recover. A patient who tends to have more bruising and swelling than normal will take longer to heal.

After a facelift, most patients should allow two weeks before returning to work and other normal day-to-day activities and about 3-4 weeks before exercising or participating in any other strenuous activity.

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Following our instructions regarding medications and other post-operative measures is the key to a quick recovery. Herbal medications are available to reduce swelling and bruising and to speed the healing process.

It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Avoid wearing any clothing that must go over your head. We will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.

You will need someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.

When your procedure is completed, a large bandage will be gently placed around your face to minimize swelling and bruising. Although a bandage is not absolutely necessary, it greatly decreases swelling and speeds your recovery time. It will also be a reminder to take it easy for the first day or two. It is normal for the face to feel tight.

You will be given specific instructions that include:

  • How to care for the surgical site
  • Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection
  • Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in overall health
  • When to return to the office

We will see you the day after surgery, on the 4th or 5th day to remove some sutures, and again on the 7th day to remove the remainder of the sutures. At one week you can resume normal activities, at two weeks you can begin light exercise, and at four weeks there are no restrictions.


It's natural to feel excited about seeing the “new” you, but you'll need to be patient as your face heals from the surgery. The visible improvements of a facelift appear as swelling and bruising subside. It may take several months for swelling to fully dissipate and up to 6 months for incision lines to mature. Once healed, the incision lines from a facelift are well concealed within the hairline and in the natural contours of the face and ear.

Because we have worked with so many patients, we can look at patients relatively early in their recovery and tell them they look great, even though they can only see how they look that day—not how they will look a few weeks later. Your final result will not only restore a more youthful and rested appearance but should also help you feel more confident about yourself.

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