How to Fit a Facelift into Your Life

Check out our 10-day Facelift Recovery Calendar.

Facelift CalendarOne of the greatest concerns of patients considering a facelift is how long will it take to recover which translates to, “Will I be able to fit a facelift into my schedule?”

Good news. Recovery is faster and easier than you may think. The healing time for today’s minimally invasive lower facelift, such as the remarkable Timeless Lift™ performed by Dr. Robert J. Smyth, face and neck rejuvenation surgeon/specialist in Cincinnati OH, is a mere fraction of the time needed for recovery from the more aggressive facelifts of the past… and the results are as good or even better!

Three main reasons for the faster recovery of the Timeless Lift™…

(1) The Timeless Lift™ is performed under strictly local anesthesia, along with a slight amount of relaxation medication. Patients are kept entirely comfortable throughout the procedure and are relieved of the longer recovery and risks associated with general anesthesia.
(2) Minimally invasive facelift means the surgeon can attain excellent results without interrupting as large an area of skin and without disturbing the deeper structures of the face which, in turn, shortens the healing process and has most patients back to work and routine (not strenuous) activities at 10 days post-procedure.
(3) The skinny incisions are artfully placed in the natural creases in front of and behind the ears, so that as they heal they quickly become unnoticeable. Unless you have very short/cropped hair, you can pull down a few pieces of hair in front of the ear to help hide the incisions during healing.

To help you plan a best date for your facelift, we share Dr. Smyth’s 10-Day Facelift Recovery Calendar:

Day 1 Procedure Day
You will need to be at the Outpatient Surgery Center one hour ahead of your scheduled procedure. Because of the light sedation you will be given, you will need to have someone drive you to and from your procedure and stay with you for at least four hours after your procedure. You will go home wearing a soft compression dressing/bandage that wraps under your chin and up and over the top of your head. The dressing helps the healing process and should be left on for the first 24 hours, including overnight. Plan on sleeping on your back this first night, propped with a few pillows behind you to keep you at a 30- to 45-degree angle. No sleeping on your side or stomach.

Day 2 24-Hour Follow-Up Appointment
You will come to Dr. Smyth’s medical office the morning after your procedure where he will check your incisions and apply a fresh and smaller compression bandage. You can drive yourself to this appointment. The dressing change is painless and takes about 20 minutes. You will need to wear this smaller dressing day and night for the next 24 hours.

Days 3-7
Unwrap your dressing and throw it away. Take it easy and let the healing process continue. You don’t have to sit all day, but don’t tackle any strenuous activities, exercise or sports, and don’t lift anything above 25 pounds during this time. You will be asked to wear a headband or something similar to bed to protect the ear area while you sleep. NOTE: If you’re among the many patients who don’t mind if someone knows you’ve had facial rejuvenation surgery, then feel free at this time to resume easy day-to-day activities, including going out in public, provided you don’t overdo it. You will want to be careful during this time not to do any heavy chewing, not to do anything where you’re constantly bending over, and nothing that causes you to work up a sweat.

Day 8 Suture Removal
You will come to Dr. Smyth’s medical office eight days after your procedure where he will remove the tiny sutures, an entirely painless process that takes only 20-30 minutes. You can drive yourself to this appointment. After suture removal, you’ll still have the very skinny pinkish-red incision line tucked within the crease in front of and behind your ear, but this line quickly fades each day until it all but disappears. DO NOT put any makeup over the incision lines until they are fully healed (at about 2-3 weeks post-procedure). Until the tiny suture holes heal over completely, applying makeup to this area can result in permanent dots of coloration that you do not want. Pull down a few strands of hair to hide the incisions. Another option is to wear a soft, stretchy headband when you’re out in public (and when sleeping for a few more days).

Days 9-10
Most all patients will start venturing out at this point, happy with the excess, saggy skin gone from their jowls and neck and their newly-defined, more youthful jawline. Many go back to work at this point and resume social activities. IMPORTANT: You should not participate in any strenuous activities (jogging, aerobic exercise, heavy lifting) until about three weeks post-procedure. NOTE: Bruising from your facelift is typically minimal if at all. For any residual bruising at this point, simply cover it with a light application of base makeup to the bruised areas as long as you DO NOT get makeup in your incision lines.

Dr. Smyth’s patients are provided detailed care instructions to follow before and after their minimally invasive facelift. But, we hope the above 10-Day Facelift Recovery Calendar helps you realize how easy it can be to fit the Timeless Lift™ into your life. We welcome any questions you may have.

Let’s talk. Dr. Robert J. Smyth in Cincinnati OH has performed more than 3,000 minimally-invasive facelifts and thousands of other surgical and non-surgical, anti-aging, facial cosmetic procedures, including brow lifts, laser skin resurfacing, chin implants, injectables (dermal fillers) and Botox. For more information or to schedule a one-on-one, complimentary, no-pressure consultation with Dr. Smyth to discuss today’s finest solutions for attaining the natural, refreshed and “younger-you” look you deserve, call 513.201.8490.