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What to Expect during Your Mini Facelift Recovery


Mini facelift surgery is less invasive than a full facelift, so healing time is shorter. However, patients will still require some downtime for a successful mini facelift recovery. Following treatment, patients can usually return to work after about 10 days. At Arizona Ocular and Facial Plastic Surgery in Scottsdale, AZDr. Dustin Heringer will provide you detailed instructions on how to minimize side effects such as bruising and swelling during your recovery, as well as conduct a follow-up appointment to determine when you can resume normal activities. By closely following these post-operative recommendations, patients can expect to enjoy a recovery that is both quick and comfortable. 

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Mini facelift can achieve striking results with a fairly short recovery time.

A Shorter, More Comfortable Recovery

A mini facelift is less invasive than a full facelift and requires smaller incisions. Patients can generally expect less discomfort, swelling, and bruising compared to a full facelift. Overall, recovery time is shorter. Although patients will heal at different rates, they can expect some similar milestones.

Immediately after Treatment

Mini facelift is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. You may be required to wear a compression garment, which will provide support to the treated area. Depending on your case, surgical drains may be placed to help reduce excess fluid buildup. Instructions will be given regarding how to empty and care for these drains. Typically, Dr. Heringer will see you for a follow-up visit the day after the procedure to make sure you are healing well. 

The Following Weeks

During the first week of your recovery, it is important to avoid strenuous activity, as a raised heart rate can lead to additional bleeding, swelling, and discomfort. While most patients are able to return to work in approximately seven to 10 days, some may need a few weeks of recovery. Because every individual is unique, the total recovery timeline can vary. Keep in mind, however, that it often takes up to one year before the final results are evident.

Side Effects following Treatment

Although a mini facelift is less invasive than a full facelift, it is still a surgical procedure. Therefore, patients can expect a week or two of initial healing time followed by several weeks of continued recovery. The most common side effects following treatment include redness, swelling, bruising, and skin sensitivity.

Patients can expect a week or two of initial healing time followed by several weeks of continued recovery. 

In some cases, patients may experience a numbing or tingling sensation around the treatment site. Tightening of the skin is also common. As with any surgical procedure, some degree of discomfort is to be expected. However, this can be managed with a combination of prescription medications and over-the-counter pain relievers. 

Learn More about Mini FaceLift Recovery

If you are considering a mini facelift, or if you have already undergone the procedure, knowing what to expect during recovery can help alleviate stress and worry. To learn more and schedule a consultation with Dr. Heringer, contact us online or call our office at (480) 949-5990.

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