The face is the first thing a person sees when they meet another person, so obviously it plays a huge role in how a person relates to, and interacts, with the world. This simple fact of life is one of the main reasons why facial plastic surgery procedures are one of the most common types of cosmetic surgeries done in the United States and the rest of the world. Where plastic surgery is common there are, of course, many different types of cosmetic procedures that fall under the umbrella of facial plastic surgery procedures, and some are more common than others. Because there are so many different types of facial plastic surgery procedures, the recovery time can differ from procedure to procedure, depending on what needs to be done and how it is done.
Recovery time also depends on the patient as well, and differs from case to case depending on the patient’s wants and needs. The following are some of the most common types of facial plastic surgery procedures and the average recovery time associated with each:
A facelift, which is also known as a rhytidectomy, is a procedure usually done to reduce signs of aging on the face and neck. The most common reasons a person elects to get this procedure is due to sagging skin, wrinkles, creases around the eyes, nose and mouth, the loss of skin tone (jowls, for example,) and fatty deposits that form under the skin due to weight gain or weight loss. Once the procedure is completed, a bandage may be placed around the face in order to reduce swelling and bruising which can last up to about a month. Once the swelling and bruising dies down, the results are immediate resulting in a more youthful and well rested look.
There are many reasons why a person may need facial implant surgery. Typically a person elects for this kind of procedure in order to correct an imbalance in the symmetry of the face. The imbalance can be caused by a small chin, a weak jaw or lack of contour or structure of the face or other similar facial features. An evaluation by a doctor can determine what the best options are for individual patients on a case-by-case basis. Bandages are typically placed across whatever area of the face the surgical procedure was performed, and swelling and bruising are common for a month or two after the surgery is completed.
Pain and discomfort are also common, and medications are typically prescribed in order to help the patient deal with the aftereffects of the facial surgical procedure. It is important to speak with doctors about what you should expect during the recovery period, and what, if any, things there should be to worry about. In some instances, follow up care may be needed for a short period of time after full recovery. Once all of that is taken care of, the results of the facial plastic surgery procedure should be immediately noticeable.