If you’re looking for a solution to sagging jowls, loose skin, and wrinkles, a facelift may be right for you. Perhaps you’ve already done the research and decided that it’s the next step in taking years off of your appearance. Some questions may come to mind, however, such as, “What happens after the procedure? How long until you see results?”.

We know you’re busy and want the best, most efficient recovery possible. At Accent Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, we’re here to help. Read further to learn more about the aftercare and recovery following a facelift.

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What To Expect After Your Procedure

The good news is that you’ll recover pretty quickly overall from your facelift procedure. While the results you want may take a little bit more time, the recovery is faster, and you’ll be able to return to your life rather quickly compared to other procedures. An actual time frame, however, is hard to pinpoint. The most important thing to do is to follow your surgeon’s instructions for aftercare. This will ensure the speediest and most effective recovery possible.

Facelift Recovery: Week One

The name of the game in the first week is incision care. To minimize scarring, taking care of your incisions is incredibly important. You can do this by keeping the areas clean to prevent infection. On the first day after the procedure, you may feel unsteady and a little tired, so it’s important to have someone around to help you while you lay low. 

The following day, your surgeon will probably schedule a follow-up appointment. It may be a good idea to have a person around to give you a ride. If everything looks good during this appointment, your wounds will be cleaned and redressed, leaving you free to continue your downtime for the next few days.

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Facelift Recovery: Week Two

Around the start of week two, you can begin moving around a little more. While bruising and swelling may continue (sometimes resulting in tightness, tingling, and numbness), this is normal and shouldn’t be a cause of concern. At the end of the week, it may be okay for you to return to work, depending on your profession. Normal activities, like walking, may be resumed on your surgeon’s recommendation.

Full Face Recovery

As for the following weeks, you may see a full recovery. While you may not see results right away, you will begin to see them over the course of time as your body adjusts and heals. During these weeks, you’ll begin to feel a lot better and a lot more energetic. You can begin to exercise around weeks 3 and 4 but consult your surgeon first. Your face will experience minimal swelling and will be far less noticeable around this time.

Facelift Recovery at Accent Plastic Surgery

Every surgery is different, and therefore, so is every recovery. At Accent Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, we want you to look and feel your best with the most efficient recovery possible. Before and after your procedure, Dr. Craig will be there to walk you through the pre and post-surgical process and to provide aftercare instructions. With a little guidance and patience, you’ll be well on your way to reaching your aesthetic goals in no time.

“Dr. Craig has performed surgery on me several times. He is the best doctor and the best surgeon. I have complete trust in him. His office staff are not only the most profesisonal, but also the kindest.”

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Take the Next Step

Would you like to learn more about the benefits of a Facelift? Schedule a consultation with one of our aestheticians at Accent Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in Tupelo, MS today. Simply fill out the form on this page or give us a call at (662) 377-6290.

*Individual results may vary.