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frequently asked questions

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How much bruising and swelling is there and what is the typical recovery/downtime following a facelift?

Bruising and swelling varies from patient to patient and can differ depending on the amount of surgery done at one time. However, in general facial bruising following facelift or blepharoplasty (eyelid) surgery will last ten to fourteen days. At that point, makeup will cover any residual discoloration. Swelling will continue to improve over the subsequent three to four weeks. Our general recommendation is that patients should be ready to return to work within a ten to fourteen day period. If you are planning to attend a special event, please allow four to six weeks in case healing is slower than normal. Read more about healing and recovery.

How are the incisions hidden?

The incisions for facelift surgery will vary from patient to patient depending on the nature of that particular patient's needs. In general, the face and neck lift procedures are done through incisions which are hidden within the scalp and using the curvature of the ear to hide the scars. The eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is done in a manner to hide scars either in folds, under the eyelashes, or in some cases inside the lower eyelid. The goal is to hide scars such that hairstyles are not affected after the healing. Read more about the procedures for eyes and brow, neck and lower face and facelift cosmetic surgery.

How long does a facelift last?

The length of time a facelift "lasts" depends on multiple factors. The nature of the patient's overall skin quality is important as well as the patient's own genetic structure, previous sun damage, and the patient's attention to skin care, sun protection, and general health in the future. Having a facelift does not commit a patient to having secondary surgery, although many patients will want to continue to maintain the results by additional lesser procedures over time.

How much does a facelift cost?

There is no hard and fast number because every patient's procedure is completely personalized. Since the cost varies, we encourage you to come in for a free consultation. Then we can give you an exact cost for your surgery. Of course, we are able to help you arrange financing and we accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

When can I resume exercise and travel after facelift surgery?

Typically after facelift surgery the patients may walk within the first week, but should not engage in heavy exercise or sports for three to four weeks. Ideally travel would be limited, especially airplane travel, in the first two weeks. Patient should not drive for the first week after facelift surgery.

When can I resume using makeup and color my hair?

The patients will frequently need and want to use makeup when they return to work and some amount of normal activities after the first seven to ten days. Areas where laser resurfacing has been done will need to be covered with makeup for the first few weeks until the skin color has returned to normal. Hair coloring can be done six weeks after facelift surgery.

How long do I sleep upright?

The head elevation as well as rest and icing the surgical areas are all beneficial in reducing bruising and swelling. It is probably helpful to sleep upright in the first one to two weeks and after that the swelling will not be as affected by position, icing, or other activities.

Why do some facelift patients choose to stay overnight at the Surgery Center?

Because the facelift patient spends that first night in a private suite under the care of a nurse who specializes in cosmetic surgery, stress on the facelift patient and family members is significantly reduced on the day following facelift surgery. In our experience, the reduction of stress resulting from the choice of the overnight stay option also speeds the healing process for facelift patients.