As one of Sacramento’s leading plastic surgeons, Dr. Donald Hause has met with hundreds of patients who seek a youthful, refreshed appearance through facelift surgery. Unsurprisingly, one of the first and most common questions the trusted surgeon hears from facelift patients is, “How soon can I go out in public after surgery?” In this blog post, Sacramento Aesthetic Surgery’s Dr. Hause discusses what patients can expect during their recovery, including when they can resume normal activities. He also shares tips on how to speed up the recovery process.
Facelift Recovery Details
The initial facelift recovery period can take one to two weeks, depending on each patient’s personal healing progress. Following facelift, Dr. Hause will apply surgical dressings onto your face and neck. The dressings are typically removed the next day. During the first few days after surgery, you will notice swelling and bruising in the treated areas. Dr. Hause can prescribe oral medication to help minimize discomfort. You can also apply a cold compress or ice pack to the treated areas to help with the swelling and bruising. Most patients are well enough to go out in public about a week to two weeks after surgery. By this time, the majority of the swelling and bruising have subsided. Most patients find that any remaining bruising can be hidden effectively with makeup concealer.
Keep in mind that this timeline is a general one. The length of your recovery will depend primarily on how closely you follow the doctor’s recovery instructions. For a fast and successful recovery, Dr. Hause recommends the following:
- Get plenty of rest, with your head elevated on a comfortable pillow.
- Avoid strenuous activity, including exercise, bending and lifting, until your doctor clears you.
- Take your prescription medicine as instructed.
- Avoid tugging or pulling at the dressings or bandages.
- Do not smoke.
- Apply sunscreen to face and neck whenever you are outdoors.
Dr. Hause can offer more detailed instructions for your recovery during your follow-up appointments.
Learn More about Facelift from Dr. Hause
To learn more about facelift surgery, including whether you are an appropriate candidate for the procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hause. Call Sacramento Aesthetic Surgery at (916) 646-6869.