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A facelift procedure will likely result in some swelling right after surgery. Ice packs and plenty of rest are crucial to ensure healing goes well.

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Today, men want to look as polished and youthful as any of their female counterparts, and they are not shy about seeking out plastic surgery to do so.

More men than ever are turning to procedures like the facelift to lift sagging skin, reduce wrinkles, and rejuvenate their appearance. 

Getting a facelift is a significant decision that comes with both noteworthy results and noticeable downtime—especially in those first few weeks as patients start to heal after surgery. 

For men about to get a facelift, learning what to expect during the recovery process can help tremendously to ensure the days and weeks after surgery go as smoothly as possible. 

Week 1: Rest Is Crucial

Symptoms to expect: Swelling, bruising, and some discomfort on surgical sites. There may also be excess blood or fluid (removed with surgical drains).

The first week after facelift surgery is typically the most uncomfortable, as swelling and bruising are at their highest. Your surgeon may prescribe pain medication to manage the worst of it. 

Patients will usually need to have a bandage or compression garment around their face to minimize discomfort during this time. In addition, they must rest with their head elevated. 

It is essential to take as much time as you need to rest. This could be tough for men, who are used to “roughing it out,” but the body needs rest for the natural healing process to occur. 

Take time off work, avoid physical activity, and enlist someone to help around the house, if needed. 

Week 2: Back to Basics

Symptoms to expect: Mild swelling and discomfort. 

By the second week, many of the initial symptoms should start to subside, but it is important to still be careful. Surgical sites will be tender for several weeks. 

It is still recommended that men sleep with their heads elevated to minimize any swelling that is still apparent. 

Men can resume some level of activity at this point, but it is still far too early for most men to get back into a normal day-to-day routine. Any additional rest can be extremely useful.

Be sure to check with your surgeon for instructions on how to manage surgical sites and activity levels after surgery. 

After Week 2:

After two weeks, most men can start to return to their regular activities and routines. Men should be mindful of how their incisions feel and should work back into more strenuous activities slowly.

Interested in Learning More?

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Calabria by calling our Beverly Hills office at 310-879-1488

Rancho Mirage office at 760-836-0077, or our Milan, Italy, office at +393494662323. You can also use our contact form online