After a facelift, you can expect some bruising and swelling, and discomfort. Drainage tubes are often used for the first 24 hours, to remove fluid and some blood, as well as cold compresses.

Keep the dressing dry for at least 48 hours. The stitches along the incision lines will dissolve on their own. Avoid hot baths, hot tubs for about 6 weeks. Swimming is generally fine after 2 – 3 weeks. Sleep with your head elevated for the first few nights.

Expect to return to work within 1 – 2 weeks and gradually return to normal activities within 4 – 6 weeks. Take it slowly to build back up to your original strength and fitness regime.

Eat soft foods for the first few days after surgery. I will give you a full list of what you can and can’t do as well as when and how to ease into your normal activities.