A facelift is typically performed under sedation or a general anesthetic in an outpatient surgery center, but may be done in the office with only local anesthetic in some patients. You will have to wear a garment after this procedure, and see your surgeon regularly for follow-up. You should expect to feel well within the first two to three days after surgery. However, because of the postoperative bruising and swelling you will want to have two to three weeks of recovery time available.
I usually color my hair, can I continue to do this?
If you color or dye your hair, you should do this immediately before surgery. You will not be able to color your hair again until at least one month after surgery when your incisions have fully healed.
I am a smoker, will this affect my results?
If you are a smoker, you should quit at least one month before surgery, and not smoke until at least two months after surgery. Smoking causes narrowing of the blood vessels that will decrease blood supply to the skin. This can significantly delay healing and cause complications. You should not have surgery if you are actively smoking. If you decide to have surgery, this is an excellent time to stop smoking permanently.
How long does the surgery take?
This varies depending on how extensive your procedure is, and if you are having other procedures done simultaneously. On average, a facelift alone will take 2-3 hours.
Can I have other procedures done at the same time?
Absolutely. Many patients choose to have eyelid lifts and forehead lifts at the same time as a facelift. This is a good way to maximize your results while minimizing downtime. Talk to your surgeon about everything you are considering.