Top 4 Truths About Recovery
Sometimes our imagination can get the best of us. A perfect example is wondering how long or how difficult the recovery is following facelift surgery. Instead of relying on hearsay from friends, or believing the latest article or online post, take time to get information directly from a facial cosmetic surgeon. Talk to several facial cosmetic surgeon/specialists, and let your own good judgment guide your decision.
Here are some “truths” regarding recovery from facelift surgery –- straight from the desk of Dr. Robert J. Smyth, cosmetic surgeon in Cincinnati OH, with 30+ years specializing in just the face and neck area.
Truth #1 No, you do not have to be put to sleep.
It’s true. If having today’s minimally-invasive facelift, such as the Timeless Lift™ performed by Dr. Robert J. Smyth in Cincinnati OH, your facelift will be performed under strictly local anesthesia, along with a small amount of relaxation medication. Local anesthesia is today’s proven choice among leading facial cosmetic surgeons. Without being put to sleep, the patient is kept entirely comfortable throughout the procedure and is spared the risks associated with general anesthesia. Patients have a faster recovery without compromising results.
Truth #2 Yes, most people are back to work and activities at 10 days to 2 weeks post-procedure.
It’s true. Almost all of our Timeless Lift™ patients are back to work and normal activities within 10 days to two weeks from their procedure date. Some are back even sooner. When we say “back to work and normal activities”, we do not mean lifting heavy objects, performing intense outdoor labor, or participating in highly active sports. For those, Dr. Smyth prefers you wait a minimum of three weeks. A faster recovery means a faster return to what matters most to you.
Truth #3 People may not openly acknowledge your facelift (but they know you look better).
It’s true. The greatest compliment is when friends are unsure as to why you look better, refreshed, younger, brighter, happier, etc. The goal of facelift surgery is not to look so drastically different, or to look strangely pulled or windswept but, instead, to look like a natural, younger version of you. As part of the recovery process, some patients will tell us, “Nobody said anything.” That’s exactly what you want to hear. Let your before and after photos be proof of the improvement in your appearance.
Truth #4 Yes, you can have more than one facelift in your lifetime and have great results each time.
It’s true. If considering the minimally-invasive Timeless Lift™ (lower facelift/neck lift that removes the excess, loose, sagging skin in the cheeks, lower face and neck), your results are immediate and typically last six to 10 years, after which the procedure can be repeated if desired. The ease of recovery and long-lasting results make the Timeless Lift one of the best investments in facelift surgery.
Dr. Robert J. Smyth in Cincinnati OH has performed more than 3,000 facelifts and thousands of other surgical and non-surgical, anti-aging, facial cosmetic procedures. For more information or to schedule a one-on-one, complimentary consultation with Dr. Smyth to discuss all of today’s finest solutions for attaining the natural, refreshed and “younger-you” look you deserve, call 513.201.8490.