What is the recovery after facelift surgery? The truth revealed…

What is the recovery after facelift surgery? The truth revealed…


A common question I get asked is what is the recovery
after facelift surgery? Well on average, the great
majority of my patients are back to normal
within 2 weeks. But the truth is, there really is
a degree of individual variation. And the individual variation
in terms of recovery we could really look at
from 3 perspectives. Firstly, what do we
actually mean by recovery, because different parts of the
face recover at different times. Secondly, what are the individual
factors that influence recovery. And thirdly, what factors can you
do to speed up your recovery. So if we take the first
element of these, and what do we actually
mean by recovery? Well if we’re talking about
bruising and swelling, well about 80% of the bruising and
swelling will go in the first week. And a further 80% will
go in the second week. So the majority
of patients will have most of the swelling go
in the first 2 weeks. However, there will still be
some swelling that is present, and there are certain
parts of the face that are particularly more
prone to bruising than others. The area of the lower eyelids,
a bruise here can really last for even 6 weeks, although after
2 weeks this can be covered with makeup. In terms of this swelling,
well, by 2 weeks the great majority of
the swelling has gone. However there will still
be some swelling, and that will take a matter of
weeks for that to all settle. Occasionally swelling
can take longer. It can take a certain period,
like a period of months, and usually there is a pre-existing
condition that maybe causing that, but sometimes there isn’t. So what about pain? Well, somewhat surprisingly
with facelift surgery, the great majority of discomfort
is the in first 48 hours, and after that period few
patients need to take analgesia. How about numbness? Well, numbness around the ears,
numbness around the chin, this is often present
immediately after surgery, and gets better over
a period of weeks. Rarely, it can last
a matter of months. How about regular activities like using
the internet, watching television? Well, really after a few
days you can go back to using the internet
and television. Very important immediately
after surgery is icing the eyes and icing
the face, as this will reduce the amount of swelling and
bruising that’s present. The other aspect is when can you
go back to your social activities? Well in general,
the majority of my patients will go back to social activities
within a 2 week period. However, if you have a very
important event such as a wedding, I’d really recommend a 6 week interval
before having one of those special events. So, let’s also talk about what
the individual factors are that influence healing. Well, if you have a pre-existing medical
condition such as diabetes well, these need to be well controlled because
these influence the way you heal. And having a good control of your
sugar will ultimately mean that you have a better
recovery after surgery. If you smoke, an absolute
prerequisite for me, if you’re having facelift
surgery would be to stop both before the surgery,
and after the surgery. And this is really in the
interest of healing, and avoiding any potential risks. In addition to that, there is your
constitution and if you have 2 people, if you have the
identical operation, the 2 people will heal
at different times. And that’s largely due
to your constitution. All of us heal at a
slightly different rate. Another element that I think
is particularly important is the emotional side, and being,
having a positive mental attitude. And there is no doubt for some
patients having cosmetic surgery can be an emotional rollercoaster,
and having a positive mental attitude really does go along way for
a comfortable experience. The other element that reflects
healing is the fact of your surgeon and the surgery that you’ve had. Surgeons will use different techniques
in order to do similar operations. And the way I do face-lifting
and neck-lifting surgery, I use minimal technique. I use hidden incision techniques
and telescopic techniques, all of which are aimed to reducing
the amount of bruising and swelling and speeding up your recovery. The final element is what you can do
in order to improve your healing? Well, certain elements
we’ve talked about. Practice like if you have a
pre-existing medical condition, making sure that’s
well controlled. Other factors such as what
medications you take, and also what
non-prescribed medications, and by that I mean things
like herbal medications. Many of these can affect the amount of
bruising and swelling that you get. I certainly give all my patients
very detailed information on what to do both before,
and after surgery, and included in this is information
on what things to avoid immediate before,
and after a period. The other element
after surgery is icing, and there is no doubt that
putting ice or frozen peas or a frozen gel mask
on the face for 10 minutes every hour,
for the first 3 days, reduces the amount of swelling
that you have, and speeds up your recovery. And so I certainly recommend
this to all my patients in the immediate post-op period. In addition to that there are
other things that can be done. Herbal medications that also both
reduce the amount of bruising, and there is evidence that
they improve healing, and I make those
recommendations. So the final thing is I really
say listen to your surgeon. Your surgeon will give you very
clear instructions over what to do to make your experience
both enjoyable, and also to make your
experience both comfortable, and your recovery
as speedy as possible.

7 Comments

  • yes no says:

    in t https://www.facebook.com/perfactionenerjet/?fref=ts non surgical facelift
    No need for side effects and suffering

  • Gina Dillon says:

    How long should you quit smoking before surgery? What if you vape?

  • Gina Dillon says:

    Dr. Silva is handsome. He also has a disposition that makes me feel relaxed. I wish I could go to London for a mini facelift.

  • Yvonne Bryant says:

    He just looks too young. I would not feel comfortable with him because he just looks too
    young for my comfortability.

  • X marks Again says:

    thank you baby!!

  • Urantia Wins says:

    ICE DOES NOT STOP OR MINIMIZE BRUISING! ONLY SWELLING.. ARNICA IS BEST FOR BRUISING….YOU ARE GOOD TO GO BACK TO NORMAL ROUTINE IN 3 WEEKS NOT 2… VITAMIN C IS HUGELY IMPORTANT AS IS BROMELAIN.(PINEAPPLE EXTRACT…MAKE SURE THE DOCTOR USES DRAINS….IT'S IMPORTANT TO RID YOUR BODY OF THAT EXCESS FLUID…IF THEY DON'T USE DRAINS THEY ARE CUTTING CORNERS…

  • Lynda Bustillos says:

    You never mentioned diet! Diet is so critical for one's recovery…before, during, and after surgery!!

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