When Can I Return to Work After Facelift Surgery?

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A facelift can give you a more youthful, rejuvenated, contoured look to your face. It is a cosmetic procedure that can take years off your appearance so you can feel young again. Today, facelift procedures can be tailored specifically to what each person needs, leaving the patient with more natural-looking results and requiring less recovery time. It has never been a better time for facial rejuvenation with the right plastic surgeon to consider a facelift procedure. Beverly Hills, CA plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Hakimi has helped numerous patients achieve beautiful, natural-looking results and performs the latest surgical techniques. With a skilled surgeon, incisions are easily concealed, facilitating an optimal outcome with minimal pain and bleeding, and a quicker recovery.

What is the average facelift recovery time?

Every facelift, or rhytidectomy, is customized according to the person's facial anatomy and individual aging pattern for natural-looking, stunning results. Every patient's surgery and recovery time will vary. One of the most common questions asked of Dr. Hakimi during facelift consultations is, "How soon can I return to work after facial plastic surgery?" In most cases, you may be able to return to work one or two weeks after surgery, depending on how your recovery goes and the nature of your job. Most individuals who work desk jobs can return to work after 10 – 14 days. Patients who undergo facial rejuvenation with a facelift but combine other aesthetic treatments, like a brow or eyelid lift, may need to take up to three weeks off.

When can I return to work if my job requires physical activity?

Men and women who have a more sedentary job can typically return to work in a week or two. Individuals who have a more physically demanding job will need more time off before they can safely return to their employment. After facelift surgery, most patients can resume their regular physical activity in about 5 – 6 weeks, which applies to individuals who want to return to the gym. During facelift recovery, you can do light activities, like walking, to promote proper blood circulation and aid in the healing process. However, patients are typically restricted for the first few weeks from hitting the gym or a job that requires vigorous physical activity. Patents should avoid:

  • Getting the heart rate over 100
  • Lifting anything over 10 pounds
  • Exercises or physical movements that require bending over, putting pressure on the face
  • Strenuous activity, like running

Before surgery, remember these helpful facelift recovery tips

A facelift can help improve signs of aging on the face and neck. As with any surgery, planning and being prepared can be helpful for your recovery. Prior to surgery, Beverly Hills, CA patients should know what to expect with their procedure, be in good health, and have consulted with a board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Hakimi. Other tips to help make your recovery period smoother are:

  • Have your recovery space ready and prepared
  • Prefill all medications
  • Plan for additional help from another adult for at least the first 48 hours
  • Have plenty of button-down, comfortable shirts to wear

Are you considering a facelift in Beverly Hills, CA?

To learn more about facial rejuvenation procedures in Beverly Hills, CA, including facelift, lower facelift, and neck lift procedures, contact our office to schedule an online or in-person consultation with renowned board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Hakimi today.

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