A facelift is a serious medical procedure. While it may help you look younger by removing facial wrinkles and tightening up your loose skin, the process itself is extensive. Your plastic surgeon should take special precautions to ensure healing is as fast and as healthy as possible, but the overall recovery time will still be four to six weeks.
Immediately Following Your Procedure
Once the surgery is complete, your surgeon will wrap the area in a supportive dressing, which stays in place for forty-eight to seventy-two hours. Drains may be used, temporarily, and will be removed prior to you leaving the recovery room. Most patients are allowed to go home the same day of their facelift, but the first twenty-four hours can be the most uncomfortable.