How to Work A Facelift into Your Schedule

Give yourself a 10-day break for 10+ years of results.

Face Lift Procedures Cincinnati, OH“How long before I can go out after a facelift and no one will know?

We hear that question perhaps more than any other. Many people want to have a facelift to look younger and feel better about themselves, but fear they can’t take time away from work, family or other obligations.

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!

3 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 Dr. Smyth 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. Dr. Smyth artfully places the skinny incisions in the natural creases in front of and behind the ears, so 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.

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.

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 the smaller 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. 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
Dr. Smyth 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).

Days 9-10
Most patients return to normal activities at this point. IMPORTANT: You should not participate in any strenuous activities 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.

We hope the 10-Day Facelift Recovery Calendar helps you realize how easy it can be to fit the Timeless Lift™ into your life and schedule. We welcome any questions you may have.

Let’s talk. Dr. Robert J. Smyth, MD, 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 upper eyelifts, lower eyelid lifts, brow lifts, submental liposuction, 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.