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What to Expect When Recovering from a Facelift

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What to Expect When Recovering from a Facelift

A facelift can wipe years – even a decade – off your face. Many women swear by this procedure, but as with all things in life, dramatic transformations don’t happen overnight. Tightening and removing excess facial skin will require some downtime.

Most patients can expect about a 10-day to three-week post-facelift recovery. Bandages will be applied to reduce swelling and bruising. Many procedures also involve a drainage tube placed behind the ears that can prevent fluids from collecting under the skin.

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*Individual Results May Vary

Though many patients report only slight discomfort post-surgery, ample time will be required to rest and recover. This period may also involve pain medication as necessary. With this in mind, it’s a good idea to implore some assistance not just on your day of surgery, but for a week or two afterward as well.

Sleeping and showering habits may need to be altered, as the head should remain elevated and immobile for the first few days after surgery. The incisions and bandages will also need to stay dry. These issues will be addressed in your follow-up appointment, which generally occurs about five days after the facelift, when stitches are removed.


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.

A procedure that can last 10 years or more – while simultaneously wiping 10 years off your age – can be a small price to pay for a recovery period as little as 10 days. Still, there are factors to consider, such as time off work, additional help and a general alteration to your normal routine. Dr. Tenley Lawton can discuss these factors, along with your desired results, once you’ve scheduled your consultation.


*Individual Results May Vary


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