Facelifts are a popular anti-aging procedure. Helping you to look up to 10 years younger, this extensive procedure has been carried out for decades. Improvements in technique have made it safer and more effective. However, prior to undergoing a facelift, it’s important to understand what you can expect from the procedure.

So, what can you expect after a facelift? Find out everything you need to know below…

What is a facelift?

A facelift is a surgical procedure aimed at correcting several issues caused by the natural aging process. It can sculpt the face by eliminating excess skin, tightening the muscles, and adding extra fat to plump up targeted areas.
There are now different facelift options to choose from, including the traditional facelift, and mini facelift procedures. The traditional procedure provides maximum results, taking around two-four hours on average. If you are having additional procedures carried out at the same time, it could take longer than four hours to perform.

What results does a facelift provide?

Most patients are happy with the results they experience. However, it can take time for the results to show. This is because you may experience a lot of bruising and swelling which can take time to go down.
It’s common to feel like the skin of the neck and face is a little too tight after the procedure. However, this should stop after around six weeks. Remember, the results of a facelift aren’t permanent. However, they generally last for an average of 10 years.

Aftercare advice for the best recovery

If you want to gain the best results from your facelift procedure, it’s a good idea to follow the surgeon’s aftercare instructions. These will vary depending on your personal circumstances. However, general recovery advice includes:

  • Giving your body plenty of rest
  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle
  • Avoiding vigorous activity
  • Look after your wound as instructed

Ideally, you’ll want to rest for at least two weeks after the facelift. Arrange for somebody to take you home and try and do any housework prior to having the procedure. That way, you can just sit back and relax once you have had it done. You’ll want to avoid any form of vigorous activity for a few weeks afterwards.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is also important as the results can be impacted if you gain weight. Similarly, if you smoke this too can cause the results to wear off much faster. Smoking is known to speed up the aging process, so quitting is the best way to keep that young, healthy appearance.

Finally, you’ll want to make sure you take care of your wound as instructed by the surgeon. This will reduce the risk of infection.

To learn more about what to expect after a facelift procedure, book a consultation with Mr Horlock. This gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have before undergoing the procedure.