One of the benefits of a mini facelift is its short recovery time. Our Roanoke plastic surgery patients often enjoy the rejuvenating effects of the procedure with just 1 or 2 days of downtime. In this blog post, I’ll answer some of the recovery questions my patients ask most frequently.
How long does it take to recover from a mini facelift?
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. Following the mini facelift procedure, some minor swelling and/or bruising can typically be expected, though these side effects often resolve relatively quickly.
When can I exercise or lift weights after mini facelift surgery?
Mini facelift patients should avoid vigorous activity for at least a few weeks after the surgery. You can take walks during this time to replace your normal exercise program. Avoiding exercise during these first few weeks helps to ensure proper healing.
How much pain can I expect from a mini facelift?
Postoperative pain is rare with a mini facelift. Any discomfort that may potentially be experienced can generally be managed with medication. A shorter recovery time isn’t the only benefit of a mini facelift, though. To read more about the procedure’s other benefits, read this related blog post.
How do I care for my incision?
I send my patients home with a head wrap that keeps modest pressure on the cheeks. The dressing helps to prevent the accumulation of blood under the skin and is removed the next day.
When can you sleep flat or on your side after a mini facelift?
To facilitate the healing process and help limit the extent of swelling/bruising, I typically recommend that patients keep their heads 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.
What kind of mini facelift follow-up care is required?
After about 5 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 time frame 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. If you want to learn more about your mini facelift options and you’re in Lynchburg, Blacksburg, or the surrounding area, contact us online or call us at (540) 776-1600 to schedule an appointment.
Updated March 2021. Originally published February 2016.