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What should I expect after my facelift surgery?

Dr. Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgeon

Your post-operative recovery time of healing will depend on the extent of your facelift surgery. More extensive rhytidectomies such as subperiosteal midface lifts and full endoscopic brow lifts will take 6-8 weeks for swelling to mostly resolve. Drainage tubes are used for a couple of days along the lower face and neck to reduce fluid and blood accumulation. Also head dressing and bandages are used for 48 hours to reduce swelling. Patients may be placed on antibiotics, pain medications, and a small steroid taper to reduce pain and swelling and reduce infections. Ice compression and compression garments may also be useful for the first 72 hours. 

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