Getting a facelift is an exciting process, but it can also be intimidating. One of the most common questions people have after getting a facelift is when their face will start feeling normal again. There’s no one set answer to this question, as recovery time can vary from person to person. However, by understanding the science behind facelift recovery and what to expect during the healing process, you’ll be better equipped to feel confident and at ease throughout the journey.
The First Two Weeks
After your facelift procedure, the first two weeks of recovery will likely be the most intense. During this time, you can expect to experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to care for your incisions and what to do to reduce swelling. You may need to wear a compression garment to help with this. It’s also important to avoid strenuous activity during this time, as it can impede the healing process.
As you move into weeks 2-6, you’ll likely start feeling more like yourself. Swelling and bruising will slowly begin to subside, and your incisions will start to heal. Your surgeon may clear you for light exercise during this time, but it’s still important to take it easy and not push yourself too hard.
At the 6-12 week mark, you’ll start to notice more significant improvements in your appearance. Swelling and bruising should be mostly gone by this point, and your face should start feeling much more normal. However, it’s important to keep in mind that everyone’s recovery process is different, and you may continue to experience some mild swelling and discomfort during this time.
After 3 Months
After the 3-month mark, you can expect to feel much more like yourself. Your face should look and feel natural, and any residual swelling or discomfort should be minimal. Keep in mind that it can take up to a full year for your face to fully heal, but by the 3-month mark, you should be feeling much more back to normal.
Tips for a Smooth Recovery
While everyone’s recovery process will differ, there are some general tips that can help make the process as smooth and comfortable as possible. These include:
- Following your surgeon’s post-op care instructions closely
- Avoiding strenuous activities for at least two weeks
- Keeping your head elevated while sleeping
- Staying hydrated and eating a healthy diet
- Being patient with yourself and your recovery process
Recovery after a facelift can be a daunting process, but by understanding what to expect and giving yourself time to heal, you’ll feel back to normal in no time. Remember to be patient with yourself and your recovery, and don’t hesitate to reach out to your surgeon if you have any concerns. Collagen Restore wishes you a smooth and successful recovery!