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Facelift Surgery


A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck.

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Facelift recovery

Following completion of a facelift, a bandage might be placed around your face to minimize swelling and bruising. Small tubes may be present to draw off any excess blood or fluid.

You will be given specific instructions on how to care for the surgical site and drains, medications to apply or take orally, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon.

Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon specific questions about what you can expect during your recovery period.

  • Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?
  • What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?
  • Will I have dressings/bandages after surgery?
  • When will they be removed?
  • When will the stitches be removed?
  • When can I wash my face and wear make-up?
  • When can I resume normal activity and exercise?
  • When can I color my hair or get a haircut?


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