Depending on the type of face-lift, your face-lift recovery may require you to stay overnight in hospital. After your surgery your face will be very swollen and you will feel drowsy from the anaesthetic so it is important to arrange for someone to take you home.
Your head will be bandaged to help reduce swelling and bruising and a drainage tube may be inserted to prevent blood and fluid from collecting under the skin. You will experience some postoperative swelling, numbness, and skin discoloration for about two weeks. Your skin may also feel very dry and tight. Pain medication can be taken to make you feel more comfortable.
You will need to take it easy for at least a week after surgery and even get someone to help you with everyday activities such as cooking and cleaning as it will make your recovery easier. You will also need to take time off work.
You should be able to go out in public after two weeks as most of the swelling and bruising will have subsided after this period of time. However the length of recovery time will depend on the type of face-lift you have had. Full recovery can be expected to take up to six weeks.
You should be able to return to work after 10-14 days after a deep plane or mid-face lift. If you have had an endoscopic face-lift, thread face-lift or mini face-lift you may be able to return to work in as little as a day or two.
You should avoid showering or bathing until your surgeon says it is ok to ensure that the incisions and dressings are kept dry and to minimise the risk of infection. You should keep your head elevated for the first few days after surgery and try not to move too much to minimise swelling. You should also avoid blow-drying your hair, wearing earrings, drinking alcohol while you are recovering. Vigorous exercise, heavy housework and sexual activity should be avoided for at least the initial two weeks after surgery and saunas and steam rooms should be avoided for several months.
To ensure a speedy recovery make sure you follow your surgeon’s instructions closely during this healing period. Contact your surgeon immediately if you notice any signs of infection or if you experience bleeding or a sudden increase in pain.