As I get older, I’m constantly searching for ways to maintain a youthful appearance. I faithfully apply moisturizer to my face two times each day. I also regularly utilize a portable microdermabrasion system. However, despite my efforts, I’m starting to notice some undesirable fine lines around my mouth and under my eyes. Therefore, I may need to step up my plan. I know my available options are plentiful. For example, I could choose to inject collagen into my lips, get Botox injections, or undergo a chemical peel. On this blog, you will learn about the advantages of undergoing various cosmetic procedures.
A facelift can take different approaches depending on your age and the type of work you need done. You might have a mini facelift or a facelift that includes work on your forehead, neck, and eyelids too. Your recovery depends a great deal on the extent of your particular type of facelift. Here is a general overview of what you can expect when it comes to recovering from facelift surgery.
You May Spend The Night At The Hospital
The facelift procedure may be done at a hospital or a cosmetic surgery clinic. It often requires general anesthesia and an overnight stay so you can be monitored the day and night of your surgery. This helps the initial stages of your recovery to be easier when you might be too groggy to take care of yourself. This ensures your medication is taken on time and you'll be able to get help if complications develop. Expect your face to have bandages initially. There may also be drain tubes attached to collect fluid so swelling is minimized.
You might have nausea as a result of the anesthesia, and your doctor might provide medication for that. You might be given a few prescription pain pills, but they may not be necessary if your doctor gives you a long-lasting injection that blocks pain and reduces swelling around your incisions. While you'll probably be encouraged to get bedrest the first day, after that movement will likely be recommended to help prevent complications with your recovery.
Bruising And Swelling Are Expected
It's important to know you won't see a beautiful new face right away. The first several days after the surgery, your face will have bruising, swelling, and odd shapes due to swelling. This goes away gradually. It will probably take months for the swelling to completely go away, but you'll notice an improvement in your appearance long before that. During this phase you might also have problems with itching and numbness, but these should clear up with time as well.
Activities Should Be Limited
You should remain active during your recovery, but you'll want to avoid doing any type of strenuous activity or exercise. This might even entail taking an extended time off from work if your job requires physical exertion. Your doctor will clear you for returning to work at the best time. If you have a desk job, you can probably go back before the bruising is gone since you can cover bruises with cosmetics. It will probably be several weeks before you can resume working out and pick back up with your normal daily routine. You may want to stay indoors for the first few weeks if you're self-conscious about the bruises and swelling. When you're ready to go outside, be sure to protect your face from the sun so the incisions can heal properly.
The first few weeks after a facelift can be challenging since your face looks worse before it starts to look better. Eventually, you'll see the new appearance of your face and the long recovery period will seem worthwhile.