Your Face Surgery Recovery Calendar

Yes, you can fit looking younger into your life. Here’s what to expect.

One of the questions we hear quite often from anyone considering face surgery is, “How long will it take before I can go back out in public and not have people know that I had anything done?” “I want friends and family to think I look fabulous but I don’t want any signs of the procedure to be obvFace Surgery Cincinnati, OHous, such as swelling, bruising or bandages.”

We understand and have put together the following “Recovery Calendar” to help you in planning for face surgery. Important to note is that everyone heals at a different pace; but from performing thousands of facelifts, eyelid surgeries, laser skin resurfacing and other procedures, face and neck specialist Dr. Robert Smyth shares this calendar as a general guide for healing and recovery. With this information, you should be better able to find the perfect date for scheduling your face surgery procedure and getting back to all aspects of your life… looking naturally younger and refreshed.

FACE SURGERY RECOVERY CALENDAR

Remember –– Dr. Smyth performs all face surgery procedures under local anesthesia for a faster recovery and to avoid the risks associated with general anesthesia.

TIMELESS LIFT™

(lower face and neck lift)
Day of Surgery: Procedure takes about 1-1/2 hours
Day One: Return to the office for your 24-hour follow-up. Allow 20-30 minutes.
Day Two-Day Four: Some swelling and/or bruising may occur
Day Five-Day Seven: Swelling and bruising gradually fade
Day Eight: Return to office to have sutures removed (a very thin incision line of tiny sutures is tucked into the natural crease immediately in front of and behind the ear so as to become invisible with healing). Suture removal takes about 20 minutes, no discomfort.
Day Nine-Ten: Most patients are back to work and routine social activities.
NOTE: (Wait two weeks post-procedure before resuming heavy lifting or strenuous exercise, and before putting any makeup directly on the incision lines.)

TIMELESS EYES™

(upper and/or lower eyelid lift)
Day of Surgery: Procedure takes about one hour
Day One: Return to the office for your 24-hour follow-up
Day Two-Day Seven: Minimal swelling and/or bruising may occur. Put on your sunglasses
and be out and about as you desire.
Day Eight: Return to office for your follow-up. Sutures dissolve on their own.
Day Nine-Ten: Most patients are fully back to work and routine social activities.
NOTE: (Wait two weeks post-procedure before resuming heavy lifting or strenuous exercise.)

TIMELESS SKIN™

(laser skin resurfacing)
Day of Surgery: Full face laser resurfacing takes about one hour. A single area of
laser resurfacing (such as around the lips) takes about 30 minutes.
Day One: Return to the office for your 24-hour follow-up
Day Two-Day Seven: Keep treated areas lightly covered with Aquaphor ointment.
Day Eight: Return to office for your follow-up.
Day Eight-Day Nine: Most patients return to work and routine social activities.
NOTE: (Wait two weeks post-procedure before resuming heavy lifting or strenuous exercise.
Wear sunscreen every time you are outdoors.)