How long does it take to recover from a facelift?

Times have changed! Recovery from a Cadogan facelift is quick, as you will not feel ill or be in pain. You will need to avoid exercise for a few weeks, but you will be able to back in front of a computer as soon as the next day. There will be some swelling and bruising at the incision areas, which is normal and will fade in time and heal over the next week or so.

All our patients are treated as a day case. If you live far away, it may be wise to book into one of our local hotels, via our patient advisor, who can obtain preferential rates. We will need to see you the day after surgery to change or remove dressings, so ensure you will have an easy way to get back to the clinic the day after surgery.

If there is any pain, it will be minor. Your surgeon will be able to provide you with a prescription for pain medication, or you can treat the pain with over the counter medication such as paracetamol. To ensure a good recovery, it’s important to follow your surgeon’s instructions. Don’t worry if you have more swelling on one area of your face than the other, it is normal.

You may have heard or read online about patients, who are in pain with considerable swelling for weeks or months following a facelift, but this is highly unusual. It may be the result of poor technique or deep plane facelift, where all the soft tissues are lifted off the bone and placed at a higher level. While this can give good results, we at the Cadogan Clinic, do not feel that the discomfort and long recovery time of this deep plane technique is worth it. We focus on getting you lasting, incredible results, without unnecessary downtime and pain or discomfort.

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