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YOUR RECOVERY

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.

Traditional facelift recovery takes an average of 8-20 days. Bear in mind, however, that these are averages. Some individuals may heal much 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.

For more information about our face and neck lift procedures, please contact us online or call us at We look forward to helping you look your best.

After a facelift, most patients should allow two weeks before returning to work and other normal day-to-day activities and about three weeks before working out.

Following your doctor's instructions regarding medications and other post-operative measures is key to a quick recovery. Herbal medications are available to reduce swelling, bruising, and to speed your recovery.

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.

When your procedure is completed, a bandage could gently be placed around your face to minimize swelling and bruising.

It is normal for the face to feel tight. If one side is significantly more painful or swollen than the other side you should call the office. If you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or unusual heartbeats, call the office immediately. Should any of these complications occur, you might require hospitalization and additional treatment.

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, then 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 three weeks there are no restrictions.

RESULTS

It's natural to feel impatient about seeing the “new” you, but you'll need to be patient as your face heals from the surgery. The visible improvements of a Quicklift™ 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 I have worked with so many patients, I can look at someone relatively early in their recovery and say, "You look great," even though that patient can only see how they look that day — not how they will look a few weeks later. Your final result should not only restore a more youthful and rested appearance, but also help you feel more confident about yourself.

After a few months pass it is not uncommon for patients to become so used to their new appearances that they barely notice the change. This is similar to when you get a new haircut and can't help but notice your reflection every time you pass a mirror. After a few months, your self-image resets, and you may not recall how drastic the change is until you happen upon an old photograph.

The same phenomenon occurs with facial rejuvenation, and is one of the main reasons we take “before” pictures. Patients quickly forget how they used to look! For the first few months after a procedure, the change is dramatic, and the mind is constantly noticing and comparing the younger look to the older face. After a few months, the mind has reset the new look as the new self-image. Once this becomes the new norm, it is easy to look in the mirror and still see some signs of aging. However, when the patient looks at old pictures, they are often surprised they have forgotten what they used to look like, and how much they have improved.

If our patients tell us they’re receiving a lot of compliments, but nobody knows they’ve had surgery, we feel like we’ve achieved our goal. And one of the ways we do this is by keeping things very simple and conservative. Some surgeons overplay their artistic ability and make recommendations that really change a person’s face and make them look quite a bit different than they used to. Our goal is to not change a person’s face, just to give them a better version of what they already have.

In general our patients are very pleased with their Quicklift™ results. The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure. Another surgery may be necessary.

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