How Much Downtime is There After a Facelift?

Non-surgical treatments can ward off signs of aging for many years. However, skin laxity and deep lines will eventually appear. A facelift surgically corrects significant signs of aging and restores a more youthful appearance. This procedure lifts and rejuvenates the skin and underlying structures for natural-looking, dramatically younger-looking results. 

What is a Facelift or Rhytidectomy?

A facelift is a highly customizable procedure that addresses signs of aging. When performed by a Specialty Aesthetics Surgery surgeon, you look visibly rejuvenated with no signs of a too-tight or “overdone” look. A facelift, formally known as a rhytidectomy, adjusts sagging skin and the underlying layers of fat and muscles. The procedure typically treats the mid and lower face and is often combined with other procedures to target multiple areas of concern. 

What Happens During Facelift Surgery?

Each facelift surgery is a unique procedure targeted to your needs. The procedure can take between one and five hours to complete, especially if you include other treatments. Your surgeon disguises the incisions around your ears and hairline so they will become nearly invisible when healed. They will reposition the underlying facial structures in a more youthful appearance, then tighten the skin over these rejuvenated contours. 

Some procedures, such as a mid-face lift or a mini facelift, may take less time and have smaller incisions. A mid-face lift benefits those who have concerns about sagging, volume loss, and lines in the cheek area but do not need a full facelift to address issues such as jowls or lower facial sagging. Your surgeon will describe your procedure, what will happen during the surgery, and what you can expect when you wake up. 

How Much Downtime is There After a Facelift?

You should plan your facelift recovery to ensure you can relax and focus on healing. You can expect some bruising, swelling, and discomfort after the procedure. These effects improve after a few days and usually feel significantly better within a week. 

People with minimally active jobs can usually return after one to two weeks. However, you should expect minor swelling to last several weeks. Most people can resume their usual exercise routine after three to four weeks. 

Follow all your surgeon’s recovery instructions closely, including how to take your medications and care for your incisions. Healing requires energy, so plan your schedule so that you will have plenty of time to rest in the first few weeks. Contact your SAS team immediately if you have any questions or concerns. 

How Long Will It Take to See My Facelift Results?

Post-surgical swelling can make your results hard to see for the first week or two. Most people can start to appreciate their rejuvenated facial contours after three to four weeks. The most noticeable swelling has resolved by this time, but you will have residual swelling lasting several months. Your results will continue to evolve and improve for up to six months. 

What is the Best Age to Get a Facelift?

The best time to get a facelift is whenever you feel you can benefit from one. That feeling can happen at different ages for each person. Typical facelift candidates range from their 40s to their 70s. Each person’s skin ages differently, and some may have visible skin laxity and creases in their 40s, while others may not have concerns until decades later. 

How Long Do Facelift Results Last?

While a facelift can dramatically undo the effects of time, it cannot stop the effects of aging. While you will continue to look younger than you would without a facelift, skin laxity will continue to develop. A facelift usually lasts ten to fifteen years or even longer. People who no longer find their facelift results satisfactory can rejuvenate them with a revision facelift. 

Can I Have Other Procedures With a Facelift?

Many people choose to combine other procedures with a facelift. Adding more procedures does not usually extend your recovery time and can dramatically improve your results. Common procedures to combine with a facelift include:

  • Neck lift
  • Eyelid lift (blepharoplasty)
  • Brow or forehead lift
  • Rhinoplasty

You can also follow your facelift with non-surgical treatments. These include options like laser skin resurfacing or a chemical peel to improve skin texture and tone. These non-surgical treatments can give your skin a clearer, more even-toned appearance and address concerns like hyperpigmentation. 

Am I a Good Candidate for a Facelift?

Good candidates for a facelift have significant signs of aging, such as lines, creases, and sagging skin. If you have less noticeable signs of aging, you may benefit from a mini facelift or another procedure. Ideal facelift candidates have reasonable expectations and time to recover after surgery. You might not be a good candidate if you have serious health issues that would impact your safety or recovery. 

Take the Next Step – Request a Consultation

Want to learn more about facelifts? Schedule your consultation online or by calling Specialty Aesthetic Surgery at (212) 737-8700. We look forward to working with you!

Specialty Aesthetic Surgery serves the greater NYC metro area.

About Our Surgeons

Bruce Moskowitz is an experienced oculoplastic surgeon. His practice encompasses all areas of oculoplastic cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He has a well-known reputation for revision surgery, and a large portion of his practice comes from other colleagues to revise sub-optimal outcomes.

Grigoriy Mashkevich is an experienced and double-board certified facial plastic surgeon. He belongs to a highly select group of surgeons with a focused specialization in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the nose, face, and neck. 

Dr. Anna Frants is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who is experienced in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Her areas of surgical specialty include the face, neck, nose, eyelids, eyebrows, and ears. 

*Individual results may vary.  

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