What to Expect After A Facelift

When you think ahead to your life after a facelift, you likely envision yourself looking in a mirror and feeling confident in your new, younger reflection. This exciting possibility will soon be a reality — but first, it’s important to be patient and to give your body all the time it needs to recover. At the Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Centers of El Paso, we want you to love your results and to be able to enjoy them for years to come. A smooth recovery process is an important part of ensuring an ideal outcome, so we work closely with each of our patients to prepare them for facelift surgery and recovery. While your surgeon will help you learn more about the specific steps to take as you heal from a facelift, this guide is a helpful starting point to understand what you can expect in the weeks after your facelift surgery.

Your First Few Days

You’ll want to rest as much as possible in the days following your surgery. You should plan to avoid most daily responsibilities like work, household chores and errands, social engagements and childcare. You may be taking prescription pain medications — if so, you should also avoid potentially dangerous activities such as driving or cooking. To keep you comfortable and keep your healing process on track, our surgeons recommend:

  • Resting with your head elevated
  • Taking short walks around the house to keep your blood flowing
  • Using cold compresses to help reduce facial swelling

The First Two Weeks

The two-week mark is typically when our facelift patients feel able to return to work. Your body might be feeling well enough for most light activities after 7-10 days, but it takes about two weeks before swelling, bruising and redness have subsided enough for you to feel comfortable in public. You may still be feeling somewhat puffy, but at this point, it won’t be noticeable to most others. Any residual discoloration around your face or sutures can usually be safely hidden with light-coverage makeup at this time. Our top tips for this stage of healing are:


  • Listen to your body — don’t overextend if you are tired
  • Don’t resume activities like work or exercise until your surgeon has cleared you to do so
  • Don’t worry if your face feels tight, tingly or numb around your incision sites — this is normal and will continue to fade over time

Four Weeks and Beyond

Between four and six weeks after your surgery, you’ll be ready for the “after” portion of your before-and-after photos. Most clients feel that their look has returned to normal, and are excited to get back to social engagements to bare their new face. While some residual swelling, puffiness or tightness may remain, these won’t be noticeable to others and will slowly fade as your skin continues to settle into its new position. Your surgeon will also be able to clear you for more strenuous exercise — this usually occurs around the four-week mark, but you should not begin working out again until your doctor gives you the go-ahead. As you transition into the long-term care portion of your healing, we most often recommend that you: 

  • Continue to be vigilant about keeping your face clean and protected from the sun
  • Contact our offices right away if you notice anything unusual 

If you are seeking a facelift in El Paso, Texas, reach out to the Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Centers of El Paso today. Our board-certified plastic surgeons have years of experience providing facial plastic surgeries, including many types of facelifts. Our team can help you navigate your choices and find out how you can look your best every day. Don’t hesitate to schedule your consultation appointment with us — you can reach our East El Paso office at 915-855-7800, and our West El Paso location at 915-543-5600.

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