Undergoing a facelift is an exciting process and the results are extraordinary. When you work with a well-trained, experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Michael BYUN, you can look forward to a rejuvenated appearance that turns back the clock on facial aging.
As you plan your facelift, you’re likely have questions about the recovery period. If this is your first plastic surgery procedure, you may not know what to expect. Dr. BYUN is your best resource for questions and concerns. Over the course of his career he has performed more than 10,000 facelift procedures, so he can help set your expectations.
Read on as Dr. BYUN reveals five important things to know about facelift recovery.
1. Mild Discomfort is Common but Treatable
Most patients have slight discomfort in the days immediately following a facelift. Luckily, prescription or over-the-counter medication can alleviate pain, making you more comfortable. Dr. Byun will work with you to find the best medication for your needs. Keep in mind you cannot drive while on pain medication. Pain usually peaks 48 hours after surgery and then starts to subside.
2. Bruising and Swelling are no Cause for Concern
Facial bruising and swelling are part of the natural healing process. It is also normal to feel some tightness or tingling in your face and/or neck. Dr. BYUN will advise you on how to minimize swelling, such as applying cold compresses to these areas and keeping your head upright at all times (even while sleeping). Pain, bruising and swelling normally peak a few days after surgery and then steadily decline.
3. Plan Time off Work
You will need to take some time off from work to recuperate after surgery. Plan for one to two weeks of rest and relaxation at home. If you feel ready to resume work sooner, you may want to telecommute for a few days. If your job is physically demanding, you might need several extra days of rest before returning.
4. Strenuous Exercise Can Wait
As soon as you have the energy after surgery, Dr. BYUN encourages you to get up and take short walks around your house. This is good for your circulation and your recovery. As you feel better, you can increase the distance of your walks, venturing around the block or neighborhood.
More strenuous exercise must be postponed for approximately three to four weeks after surgery. Moving too fast, too soon can raise your heartrate and put you at risk of complications. Dr. BYUN will advise when it is safe for you to resume your normal exercise routine.
5. Put Social Events on Hold
Patience is of the utmost importance after surgery. It will take time for you to start feeling like yourself again and be able to enjoy your refreshed, youthful look. Most patients start to feel comfortable resuming social activities about four weeks after surgery. By this point, most of the aftereffects have subsided and any residual bruising can be concealed with makeup, scarves or turtlenecks.
This patient had a midface lift, lower eye lift, and a lateral brow lift. Below is a gallery of her recovery process to help patients better visualize what a standard facelift recovery looks like. In most cases, you will look worse before you look your best. Patience is always key!
If you have additional questions about the facelift recovery process, Dr. BYUN is here for you. Contact our Chicago or Northbrook offices to request a private consultation with Dr. BYUN today.
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