52 year-old female patient undergoes facelift surgery with Dr. Scott Thompson of Utah Facial Plastics and documents her process with facelift recovery photos from start to finish. See her from the night before her facelift to her finished results 3 months after surgery at Utah Facial Plastics. She has been so happy with her results five years after surgery that she now serves as a Patient Ambassador for Utah Facial Plastics speaking with patients interested in facelift surgery and wanting to talk to someone who has been through it already. She also speaks in office to groups of people interested in learning more about facelift surgery with Dr. Thompson and seeing what her scars look like.
The facelift recovery process is typically 3 weeks for the average facelift patient, though it takes some additional time for the incisions to fade to where they are undetectable to others. The incisions will continue to fade for up to 6-12 months after surgery so it’s important to be wearing daily sunscreen during that time.
Patients are instructed to clean and apply antibiotic ointment to their incisions morning and night until all sutures are out. They also need to wear a head wrap for 5 days straight, only taking it off to clean the incisions, and then at night for another 7 nights. Three weeks is typically the appropriate amount of time for the incisions to heal and the bruising and swelling to subside. It’s important that patients avoid aspirin, Fish Oil, NSAIDS, and ibuprofen for 2 weeks prior to surgery to reduce bruising and swelling as much as possible.
As you can see in the video, the skin is pulled tight after surgery and it typically takes that full 3 weeks for the face to relax to a position that is natural. The neck and jawline will be much more contoured with an overall more rejuvenated and refreshed appearance.