How Long Does It Take To Look Normal After A Facelift?

By March 21, 2022 No Comments
Facial plastic surgeries such as facelifts often have more pronounced bruising and swelling because of the increased blood flow to the face and head. While this can be quite shocking and cause concern for patients, these side effects are generally normal and temporary. This can leave patients asking, “How long does it take to look normal after a facelift?”   Side effects–including swelling and bruising–tend to be at their worst between one and four days after surgery. Following this, in most cases, the side effects will start to subside and improve. For some patients, they begin to look normal within a week and others may take ten days to two weeks. Often makeup can be used at a certain point to disguise residual side effects as they heal.   Some factors such as the extent of the procedure, the patient’s medical history, and aftercare all contribute to how long it takes for side effects to go away. If you smoke or have smoked recently, this can prolong and hinder the healing process. Ultimately, there are hundreds of factors.   Most patients can expect to cover residual swelling and bruising after seven to ten days, allowing them to go out socially and work at that point. However, this is best evaluated by Dr. Jonov. To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via Price Simulator, chat, and contact form.
Dr. Craig Jonov specializes in plastic surgery of the face, breast, and body and has decades of experience providing the top surgical and non-surgical cosmetic services.