How Long Does It Take to Recover from a Facelift?
Facelift procedures have long been the choice for men and women interested in improving laxity and excess skin in the lower third of the face and neck. Unfortunately, lengthy recovery times from plastic surgery lead many patients to reconsider this real, effective solution for their wrinkle woes. With modern advancements in cosmetic medicine and the skills of an expert surgeon, however, recovering from a facelift is quicker and more comfortable than ever before.
Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Daines is an expert when it comes to the complex anatomy of the face. With years of experience performing face and neck lift procedures, Dr. Daines has set himself apart as the leading facelift provider for patients in the Orange County and Newport areas. Dr. Daines understands that his patients live active lifestyles and want shorter recovery times without sacrificing results. With a variety of facelift procedures offered and an individualized approach to each one of his patients’ care, Dr. Daines can deliver extraordinary and satisfying results with minimal disruption to your busy schedule.
What Are the Different Types of Facelifts?
Traditional facelifts address wrinkles and sagging in the lower third of the face and are often combined with a neck lift for comprehensive rejuvenation. Mini facelift procedures have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their favorable results with minimized downtime. Sometimes referred to as a limited incision facelift, a mini facelift can address the same areas as traditional facelifts with shorter incisions and less downtime. Submentoplasty alone or in conjunction with a facelift directly addresses excess fat and loose muscle under the chin for patients unhappy with their neckline and jawline definition.
With a variety of facelift options to choose from, Dr. Daines can deliver you personalized results tailored to your unique cosmetic goals. No matter your needs, Dr. Daines can create a treatment plan that addresses your concerns. During an in-person consultation, Dr. Daines will sit down with you to discuss exactly what you would like your procedure to correct. He will then recommend the best treatment approach that matches both your desired results and recovery. Navigating the complex procedures of plastic surgery can be difficult to do on your own, which is why Dr. Daines and his expert team are here to help at every step.
How Long Does Recovery Last?
Because every facelift procedure is different, every patient’s recovery is also different. In general, you can expect to make a full recovery from your procedure in about two to three weeks. A traditional face and neck lift addresses a larger area and a greater degree of skin laxity than other procedures, so recovery will take longer than more minimally invasive procedures. If you opt for a mini facelift, for instance, you may be back at work within a week. Bruising and swelling are two of the most common side effects of any type of facelift. Once visible side effects have diminished in a week or so, most patients feel comfortable leaving the house and going back out in public.
Rest assured, Dr. Daines will go over every aspect of your post-op recovery with you prior to your surgery. He will send you home with specific aftercare instructions that detail exactly how to manage your recovery to ensure your downtime is as minimal and comfortable as possible. Should you ever have any questions or concerns about your recovery, he and his team are only a phone call away.
How Long Do Results Take?
During any type of facelift procedure, excess skin will be removed and the underlying muscles of the face and neck will be repositioned and tightened. After surgery, your results will be immediately visible. Visible side effects, however, will affect your appearance, so plan on waiting a week or two for your improved appearance to really take shape. Residual swelling will linger for several months and your incisions will take some time to heal completely. Your final results should be evident about three to six months after the date of your surgery, depending on the extent of your procedure.
Will I Have Any Scars?
While scars are usually inevitable when incisions are made on the skin in surgery, Dr. Daines takes advantage of the latest incision and suturing techniques to ensure your results are not lessened by noticeable scarring.
During any type of facelift procedure, Dr. Daines makes all incisions in inconspicuous and non-visible locations, such as behind the ears, along the hairline and within natural skin folds. After your procedure, your incisions will heal and mature over the course of 18 months. Fully matured facelift scars fade to thin white lines that are usually not noticeable and can be easily covered with makeup if desired. Dr. Daines will outline exactly what kind of surgical scars you can expect from your unique procedure during your consultation.
Why Choose Daines Plastic Surgery?
With board certification in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, as well as head and neck surgery, Dr. Daines’ expertise is among the best in the industry. As a father of five, he empathizes with the need for minimized downtime. He will work with your unique vision to create natural-looking results that exceed your expectations, alongside a recovery that works with your busy lifestyle. Dr. Daines always strives to deliver life-changing treatment that provides a short-term recovery with long-term results. Book a consultation today to learn more about how Dr. Daines does things differently.
Discover Daines Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach
Your desire to better yourself and achieve your aesthetic goals should not be obstructed by a lengthy, painful recovery. To learn more about the different types of facelifts Dr. Daines provides and find out if you are a good candidate, call Daines Plastic Surgery today at 949-209-1622 and schedule an appointment.