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How Long Does It Take to Recover from a Facelift?

When you think about facelift surgery, you probably envision a long recovery process. But many patients are surprised by how short the recovery time can actually be. Whether you’re having a mini facelift or a facelift revision, with the advanced healing techniques at Arizona Facial Plastics, your recovery might not be as long as you think.

The Stages of Facelift Recovery

Stage 1: Resting

The 1- to 3-day period after your surgery is a time of rest and recovery. The first 24 hours after your surgery you should have a caretaker with you. Fatigue and nausea might be a part of your routine but are most likely due to your pain medication. We have you come to the office for a 24-hour check up to make sure you are doing well. Our patients report that the most uncomfortable part of this time is the face wrap that must be worn 24 hours a day.

For three to six days after your surgery, you should expect swelling and bruising. This will slowly subside.

On day 7, we bring you to the office for suture removal if everything is healing as expected.

Stage 2: Starting to Recover

From 7 to 14 days after your facelift surgery, you should expect some slight bruising and swelling to remain. You may also notice some odd sensations like tingling, burning or even numbness in the surgical areas as well. It is important to maintain healthy habits, like drinking plenty of water, sleeping with your head elevated, and walking to get some moderate movement.

Stage 3: Getting Back to Yourself

The 15 to 30 days after your surgery you might have some swelling remaining, but it will be very minimal. You’ll be able to participate in most of the normal activities you enjoyed before your surgery, including light exercise. Your incisions might still appear pink or red, but it won’t be noticeable. Continue to wear your wrap at night.

Stage 4: Wrapping Things Up

Some 30 days after your surgery you will feel like your old self again but with a beautifully rejuvenated face. Remember to continue to visit your physician for maintenance treatments to ensure that you get the best possible long-term results.

Advanced Healing with Us

While the outline above is typical for most facelift recovery and revision facelift recovery patients, at Arizona Facial Plastics, we use advanced healing methods that reduce your recovery time. We highly recommend our patients use Platelet Rich Plasma and Amnion to reduce your scars, speed up healing, and improve your results. In most cases, our patients walk out of surgery and get back to their normal life and routines within just 7 to 10 days.

Call us today at 480.296.0488 for a complimentary facelift consultation with our Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Farhan Taghizadeh.



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Farhan Taghizadeh, MD.

We pride ourselves on offering the latest cosmetic technologies and procedures. I am constantly in contact with some of the biggest aesthetic companies in the country to find out what new devices are coming out so that we can help you look your best. I have extensive cosmetic surgery training, and I have performed over 3,500 facelifts. My goal is to meet you where you are - whether you are noticing sun damage or are tired of looking 15 years older than you feel-together we can find a way to bring that spark back to your life!

I completed my ENT training at the University of Rochester in 2004. To further deepen my understanding of the face, I did a facial plastic surgery fellowship in Switzerland (where I also developed a love of chocolate!). These experiences gave me an in-depth understanding of head and neck structures, an understanding that I use and refine every day to help you achieve the outcome you seek.

"Whether you have a serious medical condition or are interested in rejuvenating your look, I look forward to getting to know you and making you feel great!"

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