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How Much Time Should I Take Off Of Work After Facelift Surgery?

By: Dr. Christopher Khorsandi


Planning for your facelift recovery is arguably just as important as preparing for the surgery itself. For men and women who work, one of the most critical considerations when scheduling a facelift is how much time they’ll need to take off work for surgery. Depending on the type of facelift being performed, as well as other factors, this can vary. At VIP Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, NV, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi understands the importance of minimizing time away from work for cosmetic surgery and utilizes the most advanced techniques and technologies available to make that a reality. Read on to learn more about how facelift surgery works, including what to expect during facelift recovery and how long it may be before you can return to work and other activities.

How does facelift surgery work?

Facelift surgery is one of the most versatile procedures performed today and offers patients virtually endless options and possibilities for enhancing their look. In the majority of cases, facelift surgery is performed using general anesthesia and may take about 1 – 3 hours to complete. Depending on the nature and severity of your concerns, your ideal outcome, and other factors, Dr. Khorsandi may recommend one of the following types of facelifts or facial rejuvenation surgeries for you:

  • Traditional/full facelift
  • Mid-facelift
  • Mini facelift
  • Lower facelift
  • Brow lift
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Neck lift
  • Liquid facelift

How long is facelift recovery?

The length of your facelift recovery will vary based on the kind of facelift that is performed, your overall health, whether any additional procedures or treatments are combined with facelift, and other factors. Generally speaking, patients can expect to experience bruising, swelling, and mild to moderate discomfort in the first several days or weeks after facelift surgery. Many facelift patients also report a temporary feeling of tightness or numbness after their procedure. After about 2 – 3 weeks, most of these facelift side effects will resolve, though full recovery after facelift can take up to six months or longer as residual swelling subsides, incisions heal, and tissues settle completely.

When can I go back to work after a facelift?

Patients who undergo a mini facelift, liquid facelift, or another limited procedure can often return to work within just a few days or a week. In the case of a full facelift or a combination of extensive facial rejuvenation procedures, patients may require at least 2 – 3 weeks off of work depending on the physical demands of their job, how comfortable they feel with bruising and other side effects, and other aspects of their healing and recovery. During facelift recovery, patients should:

  • Avoid sun exposure
  • Sleep with their head slightly elevated
  • Keep the skin moisturized
  • Not smoke
  • Stay hydrated
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Restrict strenuous physical activity
  • Not bend over or invert their head
  • Take medications as prescribed

During your initial consultation for facelift surgery in Las Vegas, NV, Dr. Khorsandi will thoroughly evaluate and discuss your concerns, explain all of your available options, recommend the most appropriate facelift approach for you, and outline what to expect during your facelift recovery.

Get back to work sooner than you think after a personalized facelift in Las Vegas, NV

The caring team at VIP Plastic Surgery fully understands the need to minimize time away from work after cosmetic surgery. By utilizing state-of-the-art surgical techniques and recovery processes, award-winning board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi helps men and women achieve their ideal look and return to their normal daily activities, including work, as quickly as possible. Call our knowledgeable team to schedule your private consultation for Las Vegas facelift surgery today, and take the first step toward turning back the clock and feeling more confident than ever!

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.