When it comes to having surgery on your face, it is understandable for men and women to be somewhat apprehensive and have a number of questions about what to expect after the procedure. Some of the most common questions that patients ask regarding facelift recovery have to do with swelling, facelift scars, and when they will be able to return to work. Knowing what to expect after your facelift prior to undergoing surgery is certainly important and can make the postoperative period smoother, easier, and more comfortable. Experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Couvillion and the knowledgeable team at Luminary Plastic Surgery are dedicated to guiding Houston, TX facelift patients through the entire process, beginning with education, to ensure their experience is as convenient and successful as possible.
How does a facelift work?
A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is undoubtedly one of the most exciting and highly sought after cosmetic procedures for men and women across the country each year. With the ability to turn back the clock by up to ten years, it is easy to understand what makes a facelift such a popular procedure!
There are a variety of different facelift techniques available, and the appropriate method for your specific procedure will be determined after a thorough evaluation by Dr. Couvillion. During your initial one-on-one consultation, Dr. Couvillion will examine the features of your face, discuss your concerns and goals in detail, and answer all of your questions at length before recommending a surgical approach that will best fit your needs.
In the case of a full facelift, which is capable of producing the most dramatic and stunning improvements, Dr. Couvillion will carefully place his incisions in the hairline and around the ears. Once the lower layers of the face are exposed, Dr. Couvillion will meticulously manipulate the various layers of tissue, resculpting the face for a more youthful, appealing contour. In some cases, additional treatments and procedures, such as facial fat grafting, liposuction, or brow lift, may be performed simultaneously to further enhance a patient’s results. At the conclusion of the case, Dr. Couvillion will redrape the skin tautly over the newly contoured facial structures, remove any excess skin, and close the incisions.
How long will I have swelling and pain after a facelift?
The recovery after a facelift can be different for each patient, depending on his or her age, overall health, additional procedures that were performed, and other factors. In general, though, most patients can expect to experience some level of discomfort, swelling, and bruising for at least the first 1 – 2 weeks following surgery. While many patients begin to feel much better after the first week, it is generally advised to take a full two weeks off of work to allow yourself time to rest, heal, and recover. After two weeks, the majority of the swelling and bruising will usually have resolved, and patients typically feel comfortable returning to work and other social situations around this time.
After 3 – 4 weeks, almost all of the facelift swelling should have subsided, though you will continue to see subtle changes over the next several months as your skin, muscles, and other structures settle into their final positions. It some cases, it may take up to a year for a patient's final results to be visible.
Will my facelift scars be visible?
Dr. Couvillion fully understands the sensitive nature of undergoing facial surgery and the importance of having the minimal amount of visible scarring possible. Fortunately, the majority of facelift incisions are able to be placed in areas where they can be easily concealed or camouflaged, such as the hairline and the natural creases of the face. Furthermore, the incisions are typically closed with thin, delicate, dissolvable sutures, promoting better, more even healing, and inconspicuous scarring. In many cases, the patients themselves are barely able to identify the scar after it has fully healed! During your preoperative appointment, Dr. Couvillion will ensure that you have a firm understanding of the surgical plan and know what to expect regarding the location and potential appearance of your facelift scars.
Am I a good candidate for a facelift in Houston, TX?
Men and women interested in undergoing facelift surgery should be in good health, be nonsmokers, and want to correct moderate to significant signs of facial aging. Additional factors, such as previous treatments, skin laxity, and lifestyle may also impact the possibility of achieving your ideal facelift results, so it is important to be evaluated by a highly skilled and experienced plastic surgeon to determine if the procedure is right for you. Call Luminary Plastic Surgery, conveniently located in Houston, TX, to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Ryan Couvillion today, and discover how a facelift can help you restore a stunning, youthful, gorgeous look with a single surgery!