After your face lift surgery

The inserted drainage tube will be removed a day after the face lift surgery and the patient can go home, but further treatment may be required.


Face before and after face lift

In individual cases, a longer hospital stay may be necessary. The head bandage is usually removed three to five days after the surgery and nonabsorbable sutures, if used, are removed seven to ten days after the face lift. The convalescence period takes usually from one to two weeks. Any abnormal physical strain is not recommended for one month.

Face lift recovery

There usually isn't significant discomfort after face lift surgery. If there is, it can be lessened with pain medication prescribed by your surgeon. Severe or persistent pain or a sudden swelling of your face should be reported to your surgeon immediately.

Some numbness of the skin is quite normal and it will disappear in a few weeks or months.

In the first phase after the surgery you should be prepared for both large and small swelling and sometimes even bruises. It is not possible to expect your final look right after the surgery, you will have to wait for it with patience.

The final effects can be expected to last for five to ten years. The procedure can be repeated as needed.

Updated: 2009-03-30

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