After your surgery, you will remain under observation for a few hours to make sure you do not have bleeding or anesthesia complications. After Dr. Furze has discharged you, a family member or friend should drive you home and plan to remain with you for the first 24 – 48 hours.
Dressings and drainage tubes typically stay in place for up to two or three days, while stitches remain for five to ten days. Dr. Furze will remove tubes and stitches during one of your post-operative examinations. For the first few days after surgery, you should remain at home and rest. You should expect to experience swelling and bruising, which is a normal effect of the surgery. Pain can be managed with medication and cold compresses can be used to minimize swelling and discomfort. You should try to keep your head elevated as much as possible, especially at night, to minimize swelling and bleeding.
While your face is healing, it’s normal for it to feel and look quite different to you.
It may feel stiff and strange. This is normal, but it’s good to be prepared for the sensation so it does not cause undue stress or concern. Your skin may feel dry and rough for several months after surgery, but it should return to its normal tone and texture once your face has completely healed.
Most people resume normal activities two or three weeks after their facelift. Many people choose to stay at home from work for up to two weeks. Light office work could be resumed after a week, but some people do not wish to be in public until they look and feel completely presentable.
You will be able to see the initial effects of your facelift immediately, but it will be difficult to judge the final effect until all of the swelling is gone. It can take up to six months for the swelling to completely dissipate, so you shouldn’t judge the results until this time has passed. The most dramatic changes will be evident after six months, with more subtle changes seen at one year.