Following the mini facelift procedure, some minor swelling and/or bruising can typically be expected, though these side effects often resolve relatively quickly. In fact, the majority of my patients look and feel well enough to resume non-strenuous work and daily routines within a couple of days, if not the day after surgery. Postoperative pain is rare, but any discomfort that may potentially be experienced can generally be managed with medication.
I send my patients home with a head wrap that keeps modest pressure on the cheeks. The dressing helps to prevent accumulation of blood under the skin and is removed the next day.
To facilitate the healing process and help limit the extent of swelling/bruising, I typically recommend that patients keep their head elevated as much as possible during the first few days of recovery. At night, this can be done by sleeping in a reclining chair or using several pillows to prop one’s head up in bed. I send my patients home with a head wrap that keeps modest pressure on the cheeks. The dressing helps to prevent accumulation of blood under the skin and is removed the next day.
After about five days, patients return to my office for suture removal. During this visit, I also assess how they are healing and make sure everything is progressing as planned. Based on this evaluation, a timeframe for when exercise and full physical activity may safely be resumed can be provided.
Ultimately, every individual heals differently, but most men and women who receive a mini facelift at my practice can expect a relatively short and uneventful recovery following their procedure.