The Facelift Recovery Process

Serving Knoxville, Sevierville, Knox County & Nearby Areas of Tennessee

Like any surgical procedure, a facelift will require you to schedule a certain amount of downtime for proper healing and recovery. Dr. Kleto will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions after your procedure. He will also follow up with you in the weeks to come to ensure you are healing normally. 

If you are considering facelift surgery in Knox County, Tennessee, please call us today at (865) 366-4755 to schedule a consultation with our experienced Knoxville facelift surgeon.

Physical Recovery After a Facelift

Immediately after your facelift, you should be able to control any lingering discomfort with a mild pain medication like Tylenol. In case you do end up needing a stronger pain reliever, Dr. Kleto can prescribe a narcotic. Bruising and swelling are normal during the first two weeks, but will progressively fade over time.

During facelift recovery, be sure you:

  • Sleep in an elevated position to help reduce swelling
  • Do not use Motrin, Aleve, or any other type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), since these can increase bleeding. Stick to Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain relief.
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure. This can delay healing.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Avoid exercise and other strenuous activities for at least two weeks.

Mild facial numbness is normal, and can take a few months to fully go away. Slight swelling may also continue for several months. However, by the six-month mark, you should be able to see your final facelift results.

You can safely apply makeup again after about one week.

Social Recovery After a Facelift

A facelift affects the most central part of your visible identity. Because of this, it may be awhile before you feel comfortable returning to your social life. Most patients need around three weeks of downtime before they feel confident enough in their appearance to return to work and social activities. However, you may be able to return to "normal life" sooner depending on how you feel.

If you have further questions about the facelift recovery process, please contact Dean Kleto, M.D. today or call (865) 366-4755 to schedule an initial consultation with our experienced Knoxville facelift surgeon. We serve patients in Knoxville, Sevierville, and Knox County, Tennessee.

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9123 Cross Park Dr - Suite 100

Knoxville, TN 37923

Sevierville Office, LeConte Medical Center

744 Middle Creek Rd - Suite 200

Sevierville, TN 37862