After face lift surgery, you'll need to take some time to let yourself rest and recover. A recovery period is normal following just about any type of surgery. During your consultation, we'll discuss with you exactly what you should expect from your face lift recovery, which may include:
- Not driving for a few days
- Taking about 2 weeks off from work
- Taking time off from strenuous exercise for a few weeks
Our surgeons may also recommend Arnica and a vitamin regimen after surgery. This regimen minimizes our patients' post-operative bruising and swelling.
After your face lift surgery, it's normal to experience some discomfort and mild pain. Our oculofacial surgeons will recommend a pain medication – normally an OTC medication like Tylenol does the trick. You'll also have swelling and bruising, which will be most pronounced for the first several days after surgery. After about a week, much of the bruising and swelling should be gone and you can apply makeup to cover what remains.
The nature of your recovery also depends on the type of face lift you receive. Certain techniques involve less extensive re-shaping of tissue, and may not require as much downtime.
To learn more about our greater Philadelphia, The Main Line, King of Prussia and Wayne, PA face lift surgery services, please call Morgenstern Center for Orbital and Facial Plastic Surgery at (610) 687.8771.