After surgery you will be taken from the operating theatre to a recovery room, where you will come round from anaesthesia under close supervision.
After this, you will be taken to your room or comfortable area where you can rest and recuperate until we feel you’re ready to go home.
A facelift typically requires one or two nights stay in your chosen hospital and the clinical team will remove your bandages during that time
Your anaesthetist will prescribe painkillers for the first few days after the operation. Suffering from pain could slow down your recovery, so please discuss any discomfort with your doctors or nurses.
Your bandages are usually taken off after about one or two days. After the operation there is normally some swelling, bruising and soreness.
At first your face will look a little puffy and numb and might feel a bit strange and stiff but this should be temporary.
Facelifts generally do make people look younger and can have dramatic results, often setting the clock back about ten years. (source: BAPRAS)
While Mother Nature inevitably starts the ageing process again, years later you will still be looking younger than you would have if you hadn’t had that facelift.
How your loved ones can help
Once you’re ready to be discharged, you’ll need to arrange a taxi, friend or family member to take you home as you won’t be able to drive. You should also ask them if they can run some light errands such as shopping for you as you won’t be feeling up to it.
Looking after you
Even after you’ve left hospital, we’re still looking after you every step of the way.
After a facelift, your consultant will want to see how you're doing. We'll arrange a follow-up appointment at a time that's convenient for you.
Facelifts are commonly performed procedures and more cases than not, very successful. On rare occasions, complications following a facelift can occur. If you experience any of these symptoms – pain and swelling that doesn't go away, a slow healing scar or muscle weakness and numbness in your face – please call us straight away. Your consultant will talk to you about the possible risks and complications of having this procedure.
If you have any questions or concerns we’re ready to help.