How long should I expect to be away from work?

You can expect to resume regular activities in about 3 weeks. It really is individual but the swelling is quite pronounced involving a facelift. There is bruising and of course a support will be worn at night to alleviate tissue stress and to support the healing tissues correctly. I wouldn't make any plans to attend any weddings or other functions where you will be high profile for at least 6 weeks.