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3 Tips for Facelift Recovery

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3 Tips for Facelift Recovery

Under the effects of aging and gravity, your skin starts to lose its youthful firmness. Lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin may begin to appear. A facelift can undo these signs of aging by tightening and smoothing the mid and lower face. Dr. Tenley Lawton has a strong focus on natural-looking facelift results. 

What is a Facelift?

A facelift is a procedure that removes excess facial skin, smooths away wrinkles, and restores your features to their more youthful appearance. A facelift addresses many signs of aging in one procedure with rejuvenating, life-changing results. A facelift also lifts and tightens the skin along the jawline for a firmer, more sculpted jaw. 

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*Individual Results May Vary

How is a Facelift Performed?

Dr. Lawton performs a facelift using small incisions hidden around the ear and in the hairline. After removing excess skin and fat, she will redrape the skin and underlying muscle over your facial structure to give you a naturally rejuvenated appearance. The procedure usually lasts three to four hours in Dr. Lawton’s accredited surgical center. 

3 Tips for Facelift Recovery 

Recovery from a facelift requires patience and giving your body time to recover. Although most people heal with no problems, a facelift is a significant procedure, and you should follow your surgeon’s instructions closely to ensure the best results. 

1.Care for Your Body

Recovery from a facelift uses your body’s resources, especially during the first few days. Get lots of rest and listen to your body if it says you have been doing too much. Eat healthy food, stay hydrated, and give your body everything it needs to heal. 

2.Manage Swelling

You can expect some swelling after your facelift. Your surgeon usually recommends icing the area and sleeping with your head elevated for one to two weeks. Sleeping in this position keeps fluid from accumulating and will help you feel more comfortable sooner. 

3.Follow Instructions

Incision care and other details matter regarding your healing process and final results. Take care of your incisions as instructed. Do not resume strenuous activities before you have clearance from your surgeon. 

Most people can go back to work within about two weeks. You may need to wait longer if you have a physically demanding job. 


The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Lawton or one of our trusted providers at Tenley K Lawton M.D. in Neport Beach, CA. Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment.

How Much Does a Facelift Cost?

The cost of a facelift varies based on your provider, location, and type of procedure. It will also depend on whether your facelift includes other procedures like an eyelid or brow lift. The average cost of a facelift ranges from $5000 to $18,000. That cost does not necessarily include anesthesia, fees, medications, and testing. A consultation offers the best way to get an accurate estimate. 

Am I a Good Candidate for a Facelift?

You may be a good candidate for a facelift if you have loose skin, wrinkles, or loss of facial definition. Ideal candidates have reasonable expectations and can take the needed time to recover. Healthy individuals generally make good candidates.


*Individual Results May Vary


Dr. Lawton strives to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses her practice for their aesthetic needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Lawton and her team of expert providers.

Take the Next Step

Would you like to learn more about facelifts? Simply fill out the form on this page or call Tenley K. Lawton M.D. at (949) 640-0999 to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton. Proudly serving Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA area.

*Individual Results May Vary.

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