A rhytidectomy, or traditional facelift, is a cosmetic procedure that works to eliminate folds and wrinkles around your eyes, neck, chin, and face. It is safe, effective, and minimally invasive. If you are about to get a facelift and want to know what the recovery associated with the procedure is like, continue reading.
Day of the Surgery
• After the procedure, you need to rest for the day. You can stay overnight at the hospital or return home, but ensure that you have someone to assist you.
• Your face will be bandaged, and small tubes may be placed to drain excess fluid.
• You might feel tired once you wake up due to the effects of the anesthesia. This is common, and you will feel normal within a few hours. Keep your head elevated; this reduces swelling.
• Bruising and swelling might still be present, but these fade away quickly within the next few days.
• You can move around but need to restrict yourself to light activities such as reading, watching TV, and small household chores.
• Tingling, itching, and numbness are also experienced during this time. These are symptoms of healing.
• You should still avoid indulging in strenuous activities. Talk to your doctor about whether you can return to work after two weeks.
• Swelling and bruising fully subside, and by the end of the third week, you should see significant improvement in your face.
One Month Post Procedure
• Make sure to avoid direct sunlight until the tissues are fully healed.
• You can resume your routine activities without any issues.
Full results can be seen over the following months.