Facelift Recovery

Dr. Cambeiro is a board-certified plastic surgeon who offers facelift surgery and the less invasive mini face lift in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you live outside of the area, please contact us to learn more about our fly-in program.

  • You will remain in a care center's recovery suite at least one night following your facelift.
  • In the first day or so, it is best to do as little talking, chewing, or other movement of the face as possible in order to minimize swelling and reduce the risk of bleeding and/or bruising.
  • You should maintain elevation of at least 30 degrees from horizontal to keep the swelling down.
  • Pillows should be avoided behind your head.
  • Any discomfort or pain from the facelift can be helped by prescribed pain medication. You will be advised to take an antibiotic for the five days after the day of your facelift.
  • Patients who have undergone dermabrasion will be asked to cleanse their face around the mouth with mild soap and water several times a day to apply ointment to this area between washings.
  • The dressings will be removed on the first or second day after your facelift surgery, and the drainage tube will be taken out.
  • On the fifth or sixth day, some of the stitches will be removed. The remaining stitches will be removed on the tenth to twelfth days.
  • You should not drive until you have normal return of daily activity and are off all narcotic medications.
  • You should avoid strenuous activities such as bending, lifting, and sports for about 3 weeks. Drinking alcohol can lead to fluid retention and delays recovery.
  • During the first 24 hours your assigned caretaker will assist you in getting up to the bathroom, taking medications, and eating and drinking. During the first 12 to 24 hours you will stay on a liquid diet and advance yourself as tolerated.
  • You will probably feel tired and sore for a few days following your facelift surgery, but you will be up and about in 24 to 48 hours. Most of your discomfort can be controlled by medication.
  • Antibiotics are continued for 5 days after the facelift to lower the risk of infection.
  • You should be up and walking on the morning following your facelift surgery, and a light solid diet begun to the point of tolerance.
  • If you have a temperature over 99.5 degrees, chills or sweats, a markedly different degree of swelling between sides , and/or increasing rather than decreasing pain - call the office immediately!
  • You should be able to return to work within a few days to week, depending on the level of activity required for your job.
  • You are allowed to bathe and to wash their hair 48 to 72 hours after the facelift. Showering is then permitted but the incisions should not be submerged, as in a tub or pool.

Final Result of a Facelift

  • You should be up and about in a day or two, but plan on taking it easy.
  • You should plan to rest as much as possible for the first week. Most people take ten to fourteen days off of work to recover.
  • You should avoid vigorous activity for two weeks after facelift surgery (though walking and stretching are fine).
  • Avoid alcohol, steam baths, and saunas for four weeks after facelift surgery.
  • Sun exposure should be limited for the first several months.
  • Your face may feel numb for weeks to months, and so heating pads and sunlamps are to be avoided.
  • There is normally some distortion of your skin and a feeling of tightness, which can cause anxiety about how one will ultimately appear. These changes resolve over the first six weeks or so, but it is not unusual to feel self-conscious and even depressed at first. By the third to fourth week, most patients look and feel much better. If bruising persists, camouflage makeup can help.

If you are considering a facelift, Las Vegas plastic surgeon Dr. Cambeiro invites you to request a complimentary consultation or give our office a call at (702) 734-4100 for confidential and informative answers to all your questions. If you prefer, you can send us an email using our discreet online form.


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