How many Years Does a Facelift Take Off?


Having a facelift treatment is a surefire way of knocking a few years off your looks. Depending on your preferences, you can get it customized to treat just a specific area of your skin.

For instance, if you feel that the skin beneath your jawline is making you look older, you can get a non-surgical facelift to tighten and redefine it. When thinking of such cosmetic enhancements, there are a lot of factors you may need to consider.

For instance, you may need to weigh in on how long you want the results to be noticeable. For anti-aging treatments like facelifts, you may also want to know how many years it will help you take off.

If that’s your concern with facelift treatments, then we created this simple guide just for you. It explains how many years a facelift will help you knock off. It also explains how long it will take to look normal after your facelift and how many facelifts you can have. Keep reading.

Does a Facelift make you Look Younger?

Facelift treatments are designed to correct blemishes that come with age, like sagging skin, wrinkles and sunken skin, etc. Therefore a facelift treatment can tighten your skin to make you look younger.

According to patients who have had this cosmetic enhancement, a facelift treatment can help you take off an average of 12 years from your appearance. Ideally, you will go through a period of recovery, which is natural, and after that, you’d notice the results you craved.

Most patients who undergo facelift treatments in the hands of qualified plastic surgeons are pleased with the results. It does enhance not only your appearance but also your quality of life.

How Long after Facelift will I Look Normal?

Recovery after facelift treatment shouldn’t be complicated if you are a good candidate for this procedure. Importantly, it should not be too long or stressful if you follow the post-treatment aftercare recommendations as instructed by your plastic surgeon.

If you’re considering this treatment, it is prudent that you understand the procedure and the timeline of recovery. Do note that there is a difference between the recovery times and when you will notice the results.

Therefore, your recovery time will basically be shorter than the time you will need to see results from your facelift treatment. There are a few factors that would influence how fast you recover after such treatments.

For example, your age, the type of facelift treatment you have received, and your health status will all have a hand in your recovery speed. Therefore, there isn’t a definite time period that you will need to take to recover.

Nonetheless, knowing what happens at each recovery phase and sticking to the postoperative care guidelines will ensure that your recovery period isn’t as complicated. Here’s a roundup of what you can expect during your recovery after your facelift treatment.

  • Day1 to 7 days following the surgery: The focus during the first one week after the facelift treatment is to take care of your incisions. Clean them as directed by your surgeon to avoid getting an infection. On the first day after being released to go back home, you may feel tired and groggy, especially due to the effects of the anesthetic medications you were given.

Because of this, it is important that when preparing for your surgery, you also have someone who will be driving you home after your treatment. You will need a follow-up visit to your plastic surgeon’s facility 24 hours after the operation.

During this visit, they will assess your swellings, incision, change the surgical dressings used or remove them and then re-dress the surgical area. You should start feeling better on the third day after your facelift treatment.

Be sure to give yourself maximum time to rest and recover. Your swelling and bruising may reach their peak within 3-4 days after the facelift surgery.

You shouldn’t fret but use your medication as prescribed as the swelling may be present for a few more weeks. After around 4-6 days, the discomfort should have significantly subsided, meaning that you will most likely not require pain medications anymore. The swelling should begin to subside at this time.

  • 1 to 2 weeks after your treatment: You may notice a bit of bruising and swelling on the treatment areas, which may make you feel a tingling sensation, tightness, and numbness.

Still, these after-effects are natural. Just continue observing the postoperative care guidelines given to you by your plastic surgeon. 

Most patients can resume light activity after 14 days following facelift treatment. Therefore, you’re more likely to feel more like yourself during this period.

  • 3 to 4 weeks after the surgery: you may notice some residual swelling that may come with tightness though you will be feeling much better. Depending on your healing process or the type of facelift treatment you had received, your sutures may be removed within 7 to 21 days from the time you got the treatment.

By the end of 30 days, you should begin noticing improvements in your facial contour, and you can basically get back to your normal activities. Your incision sites may develop a pinkish-red hue which is also normal and will clear with time.

Even though after the 30 days following your treatment you will be feeling much better with massive improvements on your face and contour, etc., you may still experience very mild tightness, numbness, and swelling. These don’t pose any health risks but may take up to one year to fully disappear.

The good thing is that it is only you who will be feeling these residual effects. No one else will be noticing them. 

As we had mentioned early, there isn’t a defined timeframe for recovery, so the information we’ve shared above is just a primer on what you can expect. We’re all different, and your surgeon will be able to understand you and your recovery better. Be sure to follow their recommendations and seek clarifications in case you’re unsure about anything.

Finally, there isn’t also a definite number of times you can get facelift treatments. Nonetheless, there is a consensus among plastic surgeons that 3 to 4 facelifts should be the upper limit. The state of your health will always determine if a procedure is good for you since each person is unique.

Take Away

Facelift can help you take off around 10 years from your treatment. Recovery periods may vary depending on how you take care of the surgical sites. If you fancy this treatment but you have concerns on issues like how young it can make you look or contraindications, please contact us now to book an appointment for your consultation