Facelift (Rhytidectomy) | What Is It, Steps, Recovery, Complications & What to Expect

4. After the procedure

your surgeon will close the incision with sutures that may be dissolvable or need removal by a surgeon. Some surgeons may use skin glues to close the incisions. After healing, the hairline will conceal the incision in the natural contour of your face and ear.

After the surgery, the surgeon takes you to a room for observation during waking up. It takes about two hours to be stable and to be able to leave the hospital.

You will have a bandage over your face to minimize swelling and bruising. Your surgeon may also place small drainage tubes to drain excess blood and fluids.

Before leaving the hospital, your surgeon will give instructions for your recovery period on:

    • care for the incision site, like applying cool packs to ease the pain and relieve the swelling
    • how to deal with the drains
    • which medications you should apply to the surgical site or take orally, like pain killers
    • The red flags that you should give at the surgical concern at the surgical site and in your general health
    • Schedule of the follow-up appointments

You left to your home; what should you expect during the recovery?