Had a Facelift? What to do After That?

A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that lifts and tightens the tissues of the face. A facelift can lead to the elimination of excess skin, the smoothing out of folds and wrinkles, and the tightening of facial tissue. It does not include a brow or eye lift, though these may be performed concurrently.

A face-lift involves pulling back a flap of skin on each side of the face and surgically altering the tissues beneath the skin to restore the contour of the face to a more youthful shape. Excess skin is removed before the flap is sutured shut.

Why it is done?

The appearance and shape of your face change as you age due to normal age-related changes. Your skin loses elasticity and becomes looser, and fat deposits decrease in some areas of your face while increasing in others.

What to do after a facelift?

While the recovery time for a facelift varies from patient to patient, the aftercare options available can help to shorten that time. You can reduce the likelihood of complications by following these tips in addition to your surgeon's recommendations:

  • Cleansing and moisturizing

To avoid bacteria buildup, wash your face gently and with a mild antibacterial cleanser. Pat your face dry, then apply a Q-tip dipped in equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water. Your surgeon may have also prescribed an antibiotic ointment for you to use. After that, moisturize to prevent scarring. Your skin, as well as the incisions, should not be dry. You can keep your face clean and cared for by cleaning and moisturizing it.

  • Minimum makeup

Don't rush back to your makeup bag because you won't be leaving the house for a week or two. Your favorite blush and concealer can be used later. Instead, wait up to a week after your facelift to put on makeup. Before applying, make sure you don't have any open wounds. Mineral makeup is also a lighter alternative to heavy liquid makeup. They're gentle on your skin while still providing the coverage you need.

  • Avoid sunshine

Direct sunlight exposure can be harmful to your skin during the recovery period after a facelift. While normal exposure is not harmful, you should avoid direct sunlight on your face for at least a month. Daily skincare tips will remind you that while vitamin D is important, too much of it is dangerous. Sunscreen should be used to protect these areas from the sun. SPF 30 offers just enough protection without clogging your pores, which must remain clear while you heal.

Wrapping up

Ultimately, it's critical to develop good habits after cosmetic surgery to keep your skin looking young and healthy. Taking care of your overall health, as well as your skin will help you look your best and achieve the results you desire from your facelift.

These tips can also help you reduce your facelift recovery time and avoid scarring. If you have any questions about the healing process or are concerned about any complications, feel free to connect with us at

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