After Facelift Surgery

There isn’t usually significant discomfort after surgery; if there is, it can be lessened with the pain medication prescribed by Dr. Lesavoy. (Severe or persistent pain or a sudden swelling of your face should be reported to Dr. Lesavoy immediately.) Some numbness of the skin is quite normal; it will disappear in a few weeks or months.

Dr. Lesavoy may tell you to keep your head elevated and as still as possible for a couple of days after surgery, to keep the swelling down.

If a drainage tube was inserted, it will be removed one or two days after surgery. If bandages are used, they are usually removed after one to five days. Your face may be pale, bruised, and puffy face at first, but keep in mind that in a few weeks you’ll be looking normal.

Most of your stitches will be removed after about five days. Your scalp may take longer to heal, and the stitches or metal clips in your hairline could stay in a few days longer.

Most of your scars will be hidden within you hair and in the normal creases of your skin.

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