While recovery from this procedure can vary from patient to patient depending on the complexity of the surgery, we usually suggest a minimum of 1-2 weeks off of work in order to rest and heal. If your facelift was combined with another procedure, such as a brow lift, fat transfer, or eyelid surgery, you should allow for more time off.
If you have a prolonged procedure, you may need to stay overnight in a care facility or arrange for overnight nursing care in your home or hotel. We are happy to help you arrange this if needed or desired.
Immediately following surgery, patients are sent home (or to a care facility) with bandages around the face and neck that will help to mitigate swelling. However, you can still expect severe swelling and bruising that generally lasts about 1-2 weeks. It is critical to keep the head elevated during this time in order to decrease swelling and bruising, which will aid in the healing process.
It is extremely important to continue following Dr. Buchanan’s care instructions and always attend scheduled follow-up appointments.