Planning a facelift surgery involves more than just picking a date and arranging a ride to and from your appointment. In fact, knowing when and how to time that surgery date is an important part of the planning process. The very success of your surgery can depend on your ability to plan ahead for the time it takes to heal properly. You don’t need a lot of time, but you can’t cut corners. How can you know for sure if you really have the time necessary to set aside for your facelift?
Is Your Reason for Surgery Time-Sensitive?
For many patients, a facelift surgery might have its own timetable just based on their personal motivation. Reunions, weddings, and other special occasions can drive us all toward a change for the better. If you’re hoping to achieve your new look in time for a specific event, for example, having enough time for surgery and recovery is more important than ever. After all, you don’t want to rush through recovery and show up with a face that’s still swollen and red. Instead, give yourself (and your calendar) some room when planning a facelift surgery. You’ll need at least six weeks, plus some cushion time, to ensure that you are completely healed and looking your very best.
Should I Bother With a Facelift?
While it may be frustrating to have to plan so far in advance, remember that this incredible surgery can take up to 10 years off your appearance. Your facial plastic surgeon can eliminate sagging skin, excess fat, and deep creases from around the lower face and jaw. During the surgery, the underlying tissues and muscles will be tightened, any fatty deposits will be removed or redistributed elsewhere in the face, and the skin will be pulled tighter with the excess trimmed away. You’ll benefit from an improved, more youthful profile and a reduction in the appearance of the signs of aging.
For most patients, these tremendous changes make the weeks of recovery completely worthwhile. If you have concerns about the aging signs that are affecting your face and you live a healthy lifestyle, you may be a good candidate. If you can dedicate time to healing, you’re an especially good candidate!
What Is Facelift Recovery Really Like?
The most crucial time in your recovery is the first two to three days, during which you will be asked to rest and avoid nearly all activity. You may have drainage tubes, bandages, and stitches all in place during this time, but your facial plastic surgeon will advise you on when they will be removed. You might visit his office several times during the first week just to check in and reach each new milestone, like the removal of your sutures.
It is quite normal to experience some bruising and swelling during this time, as well as general discomfort and tightness or pinching in the face. By following your doctor’s orders to keep your head elevated and ice the area as directed, you can help to keep your recovery moving along at a good pace. Any discomfort or pain you experience can be managed with prescription medication under the guidance of your surgeon.
How Much Time Should I Plan for Facelift Recovery?
Every facelift patient recovers at his or her own pace, but in general, it typically takes about 2-3 weeks until you will be able to return to work. Even at this stage, you will still experience some swelling and maybe some mild discomfort. Most patients, however, notice a dramatic amount of healing in the first week to two weeks. Your facial plastic surgeon will likely recommend that you continue to hold off on most strenuous activities for a little while longer, so give yourself enough time between surgery and your next marathon, if you’re very athletic.
When you’re planning your surgery, the most important thing you can do is be honest with your facial plastic surgeon about your personal motivations and goals for your facelift. If he understands that you exercise vigorously, or are planning around a work conference, or looking forward to your daughter’s wedding, he will help you to pin down the perfect timeline for your surgery and recovery. Doing so can only help to ensure your very best facelift results.
Where Can I Start Planning My Facelift?
Don’t waste any more time sitting on the fence about your facelift surgery! Start your planning process today and consult with Dr. Andrew Frankel, board certified in both Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (ENT). His focus is on facial rejuvenation, especially through procedures such as the facelift, brow lift, and eyelid surgery, as well as rhinoplasty. Since 1994, Dr. Frankel has been practicing at the Lasky Clinic and earned recognition as an expert in his field. He has many publications on a variety of topics including mid-face lifts, Botox, rhinoplasty, and more. To consult with Dr. Frankel, contact the Lasky Clinic located at 201 South Lasky Drive in Beverly Hills, CA. Call (310) 552-2173 to schedule your appointment today.