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How Can I Maintain My Facelift Results? What to Know for Recovery and Long-Term Maintenance

Posted November 13, 2020 in Facelift Surgery

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Facelift surgery eliminates several signs of aging, from deep wrinkles to issues such as “turkey neck.” If an experienced plastic surgeon performs the facelift, and if the patient takes recovery and maintenance seriously, the results can last well over a decade. 

Middle-aged blond woman examining her forehead in the mirror.

So what does your facelift recovery entail? And what is required of you to ensure your youthful results stay that way?

What Is Facelift Recovery Like?

Most patients can return home the same day as their surgery. Individuals may experience some pain and discomfort during the first week post-surgery, but pain medication will be prescribed to help with this. After the first few days, the pain, discomfort, and swelling will start to subside.

Some tips for achieving a quick and proper facelift recovery include:


Patients should sleep on their backs with their heads slightly elevated for at least two to four weeks. This position helps prevent facial strain, swelling, and general discomfort by promoting proper blood flow. You can achieve this position by propping your head up with a stack of pillows and allowing for extra pillows on the side of your face.


Patients can usually resume showering on the third day after their facelift surgery using tepid water. This will reduce the risk of infections or complications during the recovery process.


Individuals should be prepared to avoid exercise and strenuous activity for three to four weeks. You want to avoid anything that will cause a rush of blood flow to the face.

Following Instructions

Following your plastic surgeon’s instructions carefully will ensure you have a quick and proper recovery. Additionally, patients should always go to all of their post-procedure check-ins with the surgeon. The follow-up appointments are not optional; they are essential to ensuring that your surgery went according to plan, and you are healing as you should.

How Can I Prolong My Facelift Results?

Your facelift results can last for years if you take extra preventative measures. This includes:

  • Avoiding sun exposure as UV light damages collagen and elastic tissue in the skin, which results in wrinkles
  • Having a religious skin care routine that helps to maintain youthful, healthy skin
  • Following a healthy diet and lifestyle that promotes skin rejuvenation

You can also maintain your facelift results with non-surgical treatments, such as facial fillers, that add volume to your face and boost the body’s production of collagen.

Lastly, if you see your facelift results beginning to deteriorate, you may consider a mini-facelift as a touch-up procedure to lengthen the lifespan of your original facelift. A mini-facelift is a less invasive procedure that still achieves a more youthful and uplifted profile.

Interested in Learning More?

Are you ready for a facial enhancement procedure
Your facelift is an investment in your appearance that has the potential to offer results for over a decade. Schedule a consultation with VK Cosmetic Surgical Arts to discuss your candidacy for a facelift. You can book an appointment by calling 786-719-1780 or filling out our online contact form.