What can I expect the recovery to be like after a facelift?
After surgery, a bandage will be applied to the face and head and drainage tubes may be inserted at the incisions sites if necessary. The drainage tubes are typically removed on the day after surgery. Some discomfort, swelling and bruising can be expected. Patients often experience a sensation of tightness or tension in the face and neck. Discomfort can be alleviated with medication. Stitches are typically removed after seven days, and work and most non-strenuous activities can usually be resumed after two weeks.