Patients heal at different rates and these guidelines should only be used for general information. Your facelift recovery will be unique depending on the extent of your surgery, your general health and how well you are able to comply with Dr. Brenner’s post operative instructions. As a double board certified plastic surgeon, he has a vast knowledge base to draw from. He feels his facelift recovery instructions are crucial to achieving among the most natural facelift Beverly Hills can provide
Planning to be camera ready
Generally, patients can go out in public places such as a restaurant or to run errands 10 days after surgery. To be ready for a major event, plan on at least 3 weeks or more if you will have a prominent role in the event. Most of Dr. Brenner’s patients are camera ready after 4 weeks.
While your results will be evident after the first few weeks, the final healing could take anywhere from 6 months to a year depending on the amount of work done and your body’s ability to heal.
Most patients find that they are very comfortable using milder forms of over-the-counter pain medication. Along with avoiding side effects associated with stronger forms of pain medication, patients can get back to activities such as driving once they are off opiate based pain medications.
Patients should not take any medication that thins the blood for several weeks before and after a facelift. Dr. Brenner will provide you with a list of recommended medications that do not contain blood thinning components.
If you are on prescribed blood thinners for a medical condition, ensure you have coordinated with both your primary care physician and Dr. Brenner. This will ensure you have no postoperative healing complications.
Some patients require more pain medication, so discuss your concerns before your surgery. Whatever your needs, the need for pain medication usually does not go past the first week.
Other factors in facelift recovery
During this period after the first 2 to 3 weeks, it is normal to experience tingling and numbness in various locations. It takes several months for internal healing to fully resolve, and eventually these sensations will disappear.
It is important to protect your skin from direct sunlight. Use a good quality sun screen and a hat when out in full afternoon sun.