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Your Facelift Recovery Explained from Day 1 to Day 30

A facelift is a cosmetic surgery procedure that can erase years from your appearance and give you a fresher, more rejuvenated look. If you’re considering a facelift procedure, it can helpful to know what to expect from your recovery. Although Dr. Kovanda will give you detailed instructions to follow, here’s a general recovery timeline you can expect after your facelift.

Day 1

The day of your surgery, you’ll feel groggy and unsteady after you wake up, so you’ll need to arrange to have someone drive you home and monitor you for the first night. You’ll have prescribed pain medications to manage any discomfort and keep swelling down. Make sure to fill these ahead of time so you have them ready when you get home.

Day 2

Generally, your plastic surgeon will want to see you the day after your surgery to assess your incisions and change your bandages. This is a good time to ask questions and receive any additional care you need from your plastic surgeon. It’s likely you’ll continue to need pain medications and will still have lots of swelling. You should continue to rest for proper healing.

Day 3

By Day 3, you should begin to feel like getting around more, but you should continue to rest to allow your body to heal properly. Bruising and swelling are usually at its worst during this period but will begin to slowly subside. You may need to continue your pain medication during this time.

Day 4 to 6

By this time, you should be relying on pain medication less and will be more inclined to move around. However, you should limit your activities to light housework or similar movements to continue to aid healing.

Days 7 to 14

Your incisions will continue to heal, but you may still feel some tightness or numbness in the area. Bruising and swelling will still be present. By the end of the 2nd week, you can likely return to your non-physical job and light exercise, such as walking. Avoid strenuous exercise, which can put pressure on healing tissues.

Days 15 to 30

If you have sutures that need to be removed, this will happen from one to three weeks after your surgery. Some swelling and tightness may still be present, but you will generally feel well enough to resume normal activities. Incision sites may have a pinkish color, but this will gradually fade over time.

After Day 30

After Day 30, you can resume your normal activities. However, some bruising and swelling can linger for up to a year after surgery. Some numbness and tightness can also occur, but will generally resolve over time. From this point forward, your final results will begin to settle in.

Schedule a Consultation

The best way to learn more about your options with a facelift is by meeting with Dr. Kovanda to discuss the best facial rejuvenation options for you. To get started, we invite you to contact our Edina office by calling or filling out our online form.

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