What to Expect After a Facelift


A beautiful face is often one that is in perfect proportion. This means that all features on the face are in harmony with each other. Facelift surgery can help you  get closer to your well-balanced face profile.

If you are considering a facelift, there are some things you should know before your surgery. After all, the facelift is not the same for everyone, and you may not see the same results after each procedure. After the procedure, you should plan on a first night home with a dedicated caregiver. You will be feeling the effects of the anesthesia and prescription pain medications, so it is best not to drive yourself. You should also plan on having someone else take care of any small children. You will also probably experience some swelling and bruising for the first week. However, once you have recovered, you will be able to resume regular activities, including wearing makeup.

SMAS facelift

A SMAS facelift is a surgical procedure that focuses on restoring a youthful appearance to the face. People who are experiencing aging signs are ideal candidates for this procedure, as long as they have good general health and are non-smokers. The procedure will improve your jawline and neckline and remove excess skin and fatty jowls.

The procedure is performed by lifting the facial and neck skin in an upward direction with the help of scissors. The surgeon also removes the excess fat and tightens the skin. The resulting incision is small and will leave bruising and swelling for a few days. Patients should limit physical activity for two to three weeks after the procedure.

Mini facelift

Mini facelift surgery has a shorter recovery time than full facelift surgery, and patients generally return to their normal activities within a few days. Patients also experience minimal bruising and swelling after the procedure. The scars are less noticeable and are easily concealed with makeup. Patients can expect to see their results in two to four weeks, but the time required to recover completely depends on the patient.

The underlying muscles and fat tissues of the face begin to weaken with age, making the skin look loose and wrinkled. As these tissues lose their elasticity, fat deposits migrate downward, removing the underlying muscle structure and leaving hollow areas. As the skin ages, these changes can lead to deep wrinkles, jowls, and sagging in the lower face. A mini facelift can correct these problems by tightening the layer underneath the skin.

Deep plane facelift

Compared to a traditional facelift, the Deep Plane Facelift entails less trauma to facial tissues and a shorter recovery time. Bruising and swelling will occur during the first few days, but will slowly subside after a week or two. After this period, drains will be removed and the patient can return to work or sedentary activities. However, it is not advisable to resume vigorous activities until six to eight weeks after surgery.

The procedure can be performed on its own or in combination with other cosmetic procedures, such as a neck lift, a forehead lift, or a brow lift. In addition, it is less likely to require revision surgery or tuck-up surgery.

Recovery Time

The recovery time for a facelift surgery is about four to six weeks. The first week is crucial to recovery, since most of the healing happens in this time. You can go back to work or other normal activities after a week. It is also important to quit smoking six weeks before your surgery, as smoking can lead to poor healing and excessive scarring around the incisions.

After your facelift surgery, you will likely feel slightly numb and stiff for a week or two. You may also experience swelling and bruising for a few days. After two to three weeks, you can go back to your normal activities, but you should avoid strenuous activities. After this period, you should start seeing facelift results.

Side Effects

One of the most common side effects of a facelift is skin sensitivity and redness after the surgery. The discomfort and itchiness are temporary and will dissipate after a couple of days. Some patients may also experience some numbness, swelling, or pain after the surgery. There may also be some scarring, but it will disappear in time. Patients should not engage in strenuous activity for the first few weeks after surgery. In addition, they should avoid alcohol, aspirin, and other NSAIDs. They should also avoid excessive sun exposure and minimize the intake of pollutants, such as smoke.

Another common side effect of facelift surgery is an unnaturally lumpy facial contour. This occurs when the deeper tissues are not lifted separately from the skin. To avoid this, surgeons should perform a dual-plane SMAS facelift, which allows for optimal re-draping of the deeper tissues.