As with most surgeries, facelift patients can expect some mild bruising and swelling in the days following their procedure. To increase your comfort during this time, oral medication is typically prescribed and can help manage any discomfort you may experience. Swelling and bruising normally begins to resolve within seven to ten days after surgery, and by the end of the second week, the vast majority of swelling should have subsided. Some minor residual swelling may last for many more months, after which time the final outcome of your surgery will become fully apparent.
Although it is not unusual for patients to experience some degree of numbness in the face, neck, or scalp after facelift surgery, this sensation should improve as your muscles continue to strengthen and the small nerves of the face grow back together. On average, any potential numbness typically resolves within three to six months of your surgery.
Ultimately, it is important to note that every patient heals differently. During your facelift consultation, your plastic surgeon will thoroughly review what you may be able to expect postoperatively based on your unique needs and goals. In general, most facelift patients believe their beautiful results far outweigh any potential downtime and recovery that might be experienced.
– Scott Miller, M.D., F.A.C.S.
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