A facelift is a serious plastic surgery procedure that helps patients achieve a younger look by removing facial wrinkles and tightening any loose skin and muscles in the face. During a facelift, a plastic surgeon removes excess skin through incisions that separate the skin from the underlying tissue.
After a patient has had a facelift, his or her surgeon will bandage the facial region to reduce swelling as well as bruising. A drainage tube will usually be inserted behind the ear. The purpose of this tube is to prevent blood and fluids from collecting under the skin, which may cause swelling or even infection. Patients are also prescribed pain medication so they remain comfortable during the recovery process.
Patients may experience swelling, numbness and skin discoloration for a period of two weeks. Within approximately 5 days, stitches are removed from the facial region and following that, patients should see some results from their facelift procedures. It is important that patients allow sufficient time for recovery after surgery.