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A 33-year-old member asked:

How long is the recovery time after a mini-face lift and eye lid lift done in the doctor's office?

4 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Alexander
Plastic Surgery 28 years experience
Varies: Usually a bit of swelling and bruising will be noticeable for about 7-10 days if you follow all instructions. This is even shorter if the surgeon uses platelet concentrates (thrombin mix) as it helps seal the area and produce less bruising. Likely will wear a support wrap to support neck skin, worn for 2-4 weeks (part-time after first week). Location of surgery should not change the recuperation.
Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Improves over time: The first two weeks things feel tight and swollen. By 3 weeks 75% of swelling is gone and by 3 moths 85-90% tends to resolve. You look the best at 6-12months after.
Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Facelift recovery: The actual time you need off depends on what procedure you have. There are several types of facelifts. You should have your face evaluated by a board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who can help determine which procedure is best for you.
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Recovery or restrict: Are you asking about recovery or restrictions. Most post operative photos are best deferred for 6 months for an accurate assessment of final results. However from a recovery standpoint, with mild makeup techniques, many patients are able to return to work in 10 days with minimal signs of survey. Activity may be limited for 6 weeks and sun exposure for 4 months.
Last updated Jun 22, 2021

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