Facelift Recovery

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Facelift surgery is an excellent way to restore a youthful appearance to your face. It can improve sagging skin, deep wrinkles, and other signs of aging. Following your surgery, it is important you give yourself adequate time to rest and recuperate and to follow your post-operative instructions carefully in order to get the best results possible.

At Las Vegas Body Sculpting, we are committed to providing our patients with the best possible care throughout their facelift recovery. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Mustafa Ahmed and his experienced team are dedicated to providing comprehensive care and support to ensure a smooth and successful recovery. If you have any questions or concerns during your recovery, do not hesitate to contact us at (702) 447-1257 or fill out our online contact form for more information.

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Getting the Most Out of Your Facelift

The facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that aims to provide facial rejuvenation by tightening and lifting the skin, muscles, and underlying tissues of the face. Aging, sun damage, gravity, and lifestyle factors such as smoking can lead to sagging skin, wrinkles, and loss of volume in the face, making people look older than they feel. This makes the facelift a popular choice for those looking for a more youthful look. In fact, over 68,000 facelift procedures are performed every year in the United States. (1)  

Undergoing a facelift can be a life-changing experience. It can help you turn back the clock, restoring a rested appearance to your face. However, one of the biggest concerns of patients who are considering this procedure is their recovery experience. Dr. Ahmed understands that every patient wants to get back to their normal routine as soon as possible, so he has compiled some tips and tricks to help you recover faster.

Preparing for a Facelift

Good preparation prior to your facelift surgery is a key aspect of treatment, setting patients up for a smooth recovery.

  • Discontinue any blood thinners, supplements, or medications as instructed.
  • Refrain from smoking and using nicotine products for several weeks before and after the procedure.
  • Fill prescriptions for pain medication and antibiotics prior to your surgery.
  • Coordinate transportation home and arrange for someone to stay with you for at least the first 24 hours post-surgery.

Following these steps will help minimize any potential complications and maximize the effectiveness of the procedure. 

Facelift Recovery

At Las Vegas Body Sculpting, we offer comprehensive post-operative care to ensure our patients have a smooth and comfortable recovery process. We will provide you with a detailed timeline and instructions for your specific case.

In every case, facelift surgery requires a proper recovery period to ensure optimal results, so taking time off from work and social commitments to allow for adequate rest and healing is vital.

Things to Avoid

  • Nicotine: Smoking can hinder the healing process. It is important to quit smoking before and after your facelift surgery.
  • UV Exposure: Protecting your skin from the sun is important during the recovery period. We recommend wearing a hat and using sunscreen with a high SPF.
  • Alcohol & Caffeine: Alcohol and caffeine can also interfere with the healing process. We recommend avoiding these substances during the recovery period
  • Blowing Your Nose: No nose blowing is permitted during the healing period. (2)

Recovering at Home

Preparing your home for your recuperation is an important task. Using plenty of pillows and having essentials like your phone and reading materials close by is a way to ensure you have everything you need in one place. It is essential to avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting during the initial recovery period. You should postpone any activity that involves straining and aim to rest as much as possible in an elevated position.

You will need to attend follow-up appointments so that Dr. Ahmed can monitor your progress and ensure that you are healing correctly. After several weeks, you can slowly resume your regular activities, but it is crucial to avoid any activities that could cause harm or increase swelling for at least a few more weeks. Most patients are able to return to work within 10-14 days.

Dealing with Swelling & Bruising

After undergoing a facelift procedure, you can expect to experience some swelling and bruising in the treatment area. These are normal side effects that will gradually subside over time. To reduce swelling and bruising, Dr. Ahmed recommends: 

  • Using ice packs
  • Wearing compression garments
  • Taking arnica supplements
  • Sleeping with your head elevated
  • Lymphatic drainage massage

The results of your facelift surgery will become increasingly visible as the swelling subsides, which can take several weeks. Once the swelling and bruising subside, your face will appear smoother, firmer, and more youthful, improving your overall facial profile and boosting your confidence.

Taking Care of Yourself

At Las Vegas Body Sculpting, we understand that every patient’s recovery process is unique, and our team is dedicated to ensuring you have a safe, smooth, and comfortable recovery period. We provide personalized aftercare instructions and support to help you heal quickly and efficiently. Dr. Ahmed’s approach to facelift recovery reduces the pain and discomfort associated with the procedure.


Pain management is an important aspect of facelift recovery. And after your facelift surgery, you should expect to experience some discomfort. We will prescribe medication to help manage your pain levels and make your recovery as comfortable as possible. We may prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection and other medications to aid in healing and recovery.

Wound Care

During a facelift procedure, facial tissues are expertly manipulated by Dr. Ahmed via a series of incisions that begin in the hairline above the ears. These incisions follow a path around the ears and down the neck, but may vary according to your unique anatomy and the type of facelifting technique used. 

We will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your incision sites and manage any discomfort you may experience. Physical activity restrictions will limit the risk of damaging your sutured incisions. It is crucial to attend all scheduled follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and ensure optimal healing.

What About Scarring?

Scars are an inevitable part of any surgical procedure. However, with modern facelift techniques, incision positioning can make them virtually invisible. We will provide instructions on scar management techniques to minimize scarring and promote healing.

Personal Consultation

If you are considering a facelift procedure, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ahmed. At Las Vegas Body Sculpting, we believe that a personal consultation is fundamental in determining whether a facelift procedure is the right choice for you. During your consultation, Dr. Ahmed will review your medical history and discuss your specific cosmetic concerns with you. He will then examine the skin and underlying structures of your face to determine the extent of your fat deposits, muscle tone, and skin elasticity. This will allow him to determine the best course of action for your unique situation.

Cost of a Facelift in Las Vegas

The cost of a facelift varies depending on the individual treatment plan, including the techniques used during surgery, anesthesia, and the extent of the procedure. During your initial consultation with Dr. Ahmed at Las Vegas Body Sculpting, you will be provided with a detailed estimate for the total cost of your facelift recovery, which will help you to plan accordingly.

Dr. Ahmed and his experienced team of professionals are committed to providing the most effective rejuvenation techniques available. Contact us today at (702) 447-1257 or fill out our simple form to schedule your consultation and start your path towards a renewed and refreshed appearance.

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How long does it take to recover from a facelift?

The length of facelift recovery depends on the individual patient and the extent of their procedure. In general, patients should expect to take at least two weeks off from work or other activities to allow for proper healing. More extensive procedures may require a longer recovery period.

When can I resume normal activities after my facelift?

It is important to avoid strenuous activity or exercise for at least four to six weeks after your facelift. Light activities such as walking are encouraged during this time. Patients should also avoid exposing the incision site to direct sunlight until it has fully healed.

What does it feel like immediately after a facelift?

Most patients report feeling some discomfort during the first few days after their facelift. However, medication can be provided to help manage any pain. It is not uncommon for patients to feel tightness or pulling sensations in their face and neck as well.


  1. Sinclair NR, Coombs DM, Kwiecien G, Zins JE. How to Prevent and Treat Complications in Facelift Surgery, Part 1: Short-Term Complications. Aesthetic Surgery Journal Open Forum. 2021;3(1). doi:https://doi.org/10.1093/asjof/ojab007 
  2. Yang AJ, Hohman MH. Rhytidectomy. PubMed. Published 2021. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK564338/