What should I expect post-operatively?

Although, there is normally no extensive pain related to the facelift operation, pain medication is prescribed before hand.  You may feel a degree of numbness that will normally disappear within a 1-3 months.

Don't be alarmed at the presence of bruising and swelling.  This is very normal and you must realize that your skin and underlying tissues have been stretched, pulled and cut.  The swelling will begin to disappear within the first couple of weeks.  Many patients return to work with the help of camouflaging cosmetics at about 10 days post-op.

Things to be alarmed about that are not normal:

  • Temperature elevation greater than 101 degrees
  • Sudden swelling or sudden discoloration
  • Hemorrhage
  • Increasing redness and tenderness of the wound edges indicating infection
  • Allergic reaction to drugs