It is important to understand that facelift procedures are significant surgeries, and thus, facelift recovery can take time. At the Philadelphia-area Advanced Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center, we educate our patients on what facelift recovery entails so that they can have realistic expectations not only of the recovery time, but also of the results that they can expect. Dr. Joseph Rabson would be happy to discuss your goals with you in person and provide you with valuable information on facelift procedures as well as facelift risks and benefits. If you have further questions on facelift recovery, our suburban Philadelphia staff would be happy to help! Please feel free to contact our Montgomery County practice today to schedule a free consultation!
After surgery, the patient's face and head will be loosely bandaged; the bandaging will act to reduce swelling and bruising as well as absorb any remaining blood or fluid. Dr. Rabson may insert a drainage tube behind the ear so that any excess blood or fluid can be removed from underneath the skin, as such collection can inhibit proper healing. As facelift surgery is an invasive procedure, the patient will be administered pain medication to help him or her cope with any post-operative pain or discomfort.
Once home, the patient should keep his or her head elevated and immobile for several days and ensure that the incision marks are kept dry. Activities such as bathing, physical exertion, sexual intercourse, alcohol consumption, and exposure to heat or moisture (such as a steam room or sauna) should be avoided until Dr. Rabson says such activities are safe. During the healing process, the patient can experience swelling, numbness, and skin discoloration that last up to two weeks. The stitches used to close the incisions are typically removed approximately five days after surgery, but soreness or discomfort can last for several days after that.
Patients who undergo facelift procedures can expect bruising, puffiness, dry skin, and skin discoloration for two to four weeks after their surgery. Though this can often make facelift recovery trying for the patient, it is important to understand that this is normal and temporary. At the Advanced Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center, we urge our patients to have realistic expectations of their post-operative results, as the benefits of a facelift procedure are long-term. Facelift surgery can make a person look years younger, and the positive results of a facelift procedure, though not permanent, can last for years or even decades depending on the patient's lifestyle habits.
If you have additional questions about the facelift recovery process, or would like to meet with a cosmetic surgeon in Philadelphia, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rabson today. Please feel free to contact our Montgomery County cosmetic surgeon to discuss your aesthetic goals. We are located in Plymouth Meeting, on Germantown Pike, just between the Blue Route and Route 202.
We would be happy to answer any of your questions about facelift surgery and other procedures at our Plymouth Meeting-based practice in Montgomery County.
1000 Germantown Pike, Suite E1
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Fx: (610) 277-2480
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