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How Long is Recovery from a Facelift?

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How Long is Recovery from a Facelift?

Facelift procedures are the gold-standard for facial rejuvenation. The surgical procedure offers exceptional anti-aging outcomes that can’t otherwise be achieved. Before going into the procedure, it’s important to have an understanding of what to expect before, during, and after your facelift. With careful planning and a skilled surgeon, you’ll be back to your normal routine before you know it.

Dr. Tenlye K. Lawton is a board-certified surgeon who regularly performs facelift procedures of all types. She uses the latest, most advanced surgical techniques to ensure an optimal outcome with the least amount of downtime possible.

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*Individual Results May Vary

Types of Facelifts

Facelifts are highly customizable based on your individual needs and goals. Among other things, the amount of recovery time you’ll need will depend on the type of facelift you choose. Dr. Lawton primarily performs three types of facelifts in her accredited facility in Orange County. Each of them has varying degrees of invasiveness and downtime.


Endoscopic Facelift

This is the ideal option for patients seeking a minimally-invasive way to correct problems on the mid-face including sagging cheeks and unwanted wrinkles. An endoscopic facelift has limited recovery time. The majority of swelling should subside within 2-weeks, however, many men and women feel comfortable returning to work in about 1-week.


Short-Scar Facelift

This unique procedure allows for more dramatic results and can tackle a variety of issues on the mid-to-lower face, and in some cases the neck. Dr. Lawton typically recommends planning 2-weeks for recovery with this method. Scars are easily concealable and fade with time.


Deep Plane Facelift

Deep plane facelifts are among the most commonly requested due to the dramatic, yet natural-looking results you’re able to achieve. From addressing deep-set wrinkles to excess skin to age-related volume loss, a deep plane facelift is the go-to treatment option. Patients should expect several weeks of downtime.


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.

Full Facelift Recovery

In most cases, patients feel comfortable returning to the majority of their day-to-day activities anywhere from 2-4 weeks. However, you may experience some numbness, tightness, and minor swelling for up to 1-year. The best way to determine how long your facelift recovery will be is through an in-person consultation with a skilled surgeon such as Dr. Tenley K. Lawon.

Dr. Lawton does everything in her power to facilitate a speedy recovery. That being said, closely following her recovery instructions is essential to ensure you heal as quickly as possible. Pushing yourself too hard or too soon can cause postoperative complications and prolong the healing process. We’re committed to your overall well-being which is why we’ll be at your side every step to answer any questions you may have throughout your recovery.

“Dr. Lawton is an excellent Doctor. She takes her time to listen to your needs and makes sure that she understands exactly what you require of her before she does the procedure. When she was finished with me, I was very happy with the results. I would recommend her in a heartbeat to anyone that might need her services. I would give her 10 stars if they were available.” *

JA, Happy Patient



*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 facelift procedures? 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 serving Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA area.

*Individual Results May Vary.


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