What To Expect After A Face Lift

While age brings wisdom, it also brings changes to a person's face. When people are not happy with the appearance of their face, they may opt to get a face lift, which can make a person look younger and refreshed. A face lift can be a very effective cosmetic procedure when done by an experienced plastic surgeon. If you're planning to schedule a face lift for yourself, continue reading to learn more about what you can expect after the surgical procedure:

Be Patient

It is very important to know that a face lift does not produce instant results. After surgery, it is very common for a person to experience redness, swelling, and bruising. In the days, and even the first few weeks, after your face lift, you may not be thrilled with how your face looks, but rest assured that you will see the results you were hoping for as the skin on your face heals.

Post-Op Medication

When you are released from the hospital or surgery center, you surgeon will give you a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics. It is not uncommon for a person to experience pain and discomfort following a face lift, so take the pain medication exactly as prescribed in order to keep your pain under control. Antibiotics are prescribed as a precaution to help prevent infection after surgery-- make sure you complete the entire course of antibiotics.


As you recovery from a face lift, your body will need a lot of rest so it can heal. When sleeping, use several pillows to elevate your head, as doing so will help reduce fluid retention and swelling in your face. During your recovery period, it is in your best interest to avoid drinking alcohol and smoking. Consuming a balanced, nutritious diet can help promote healing.


When scheduling a face lift, you will need to plan on taking a couple of weeks off work and refraining from regular activities. After your face lift, it is important to refrain from bending over, picking up heavy objects, and vigorous exercise-- you do not want any pressure on your face, nor should blood be rushing to your face as you heal.

Leave Your Face Alone

While your face is healing, it is important to leave it alone as much as possible. Your skin may feel dry and tight, but it is best to avoid touching it. It is especially important not to touch the incision areas, as you can introduce germs that can cause an infection or you can cause an incision to open. 

Contact a doctor, like William M. Parell, MD, PSC, for more help.