Facelifts are the gold standard procedure when it comes to facial rejuvenation. Many patients opt for the procedure when they’re no longer able to get the long-term results they want from less invasive treatments. One of the biggest concerns patients voice is the pain-factor associated with the procedure.
Many are happy to learn their fears are unfounded when it comes to facelift procedures. Using the latest surgical techniques, we’re able to minimize pain, scarring, and post-surgical recovery. And, with careful planning, you’ll find the procedure and recovery process to be quick and easy.
Facelifts are typically done on an outpatient basis under deep IV sedation. Your anesthesia provider will be at your side throughout the entire procedure to monitor your vitals and keep you comfortable. While there are various types of facelift procedures, you can expect your surgery to last about 2-4 hours.
Although you’ll be able to go home the same day, you’ll likely feel a bit groggy after the comedown effects of anesthesia medicine. You should have someone available to drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours. You’ll be prescribed pain and anti-nausea medications to minimize discomfort throughout the first several days of recovery.
What Does It Feel Like After A Facelift?
Post-surgical swelling and tenderness will start to have significantly improve improved after about 2 to 3-days. Mini staples are removed anywhere from 5-10 days after your procedure and the sutures dissolve usually around 2 weeks. Many patients feel comfortable returning to work in about 2-weeks. However, strenuous activities to be kept to a minimum for about 4 weeks.
In about two weeks, you’ll probably feel almost 100%. Start to incorporate your normal routine while making sure not to push yourself too hard too soon. As your energy levels increase, you’ll be back to your day-to-day activities. Full recovery can take several weeks to several months depending on the type of facelift and your overall general health.
All in all, most patients find the results of their procedure to be well worth the minimal pain involved. A facelift can take 10-15 years off your facial appearance helping you age as gracefully as possible. Many patients only need one facelift in a lifetime.
Is A Facelift Right for You?
Only you can decide if a facelift makes sense for you. During your in-person consultation, Dr. Stein will meet with you and discuss your concerns. Dr. Stein is a double board-certified facial surgeon and has helped countless men and women achieve natural-looking results through facelift procedures. Once he’s assessed your problem areas, he’ll customize the least-invasive option available to help give you the results you want.
I am so elated over the super job Dr. Stein did to make me look like a refreshed 65 year old! The results from my complete facelift is so natural looking that you would never know that I had plastic surgery. Not only is Dr. Stein amazing, but his whole staff makes you feel so very comfortable. I would highly recommend Adam Stein and his staff to anyone considering a new, refreshed look!
Interested in learning more about facelift procedures? To meet with Dr. Stein, a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, request a consultation at our practice by filling out the form on this page. Or, call our office at (919) 261-7099 to schedule your appointment. Stein Plastic Surgery is located in the Raleigh, Durham and Southeast, NC areas serving patients from around the nation.