How long should swelling and numbness last after a face and neck lift?

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How long should swelling and numbness last after a face and neck lift?

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Patients’ responses to facelift surgery vary; different techniques can produce variable amounts of postoperative edema (swelling) and numbness. However, as a general rule, you will have swelling (and bruising) for 2-3 weeks. Numbness may take several weeks to disappear.

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Swelling & Numbness After a Facelift – It is normal to have swelling and numbness after a facelift for 6-8 weeks. This will subside gradually, but the significant swelling should subside in 10-14 days. The numbness may take 4-6 weeks. Usually with a “Lift & Fill” type facelift that I perform, one can be back to work and resume full activities in 2 weeks.

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Swelling after facelift is going to vary based on the technique your surgeon uses. Generally speaking swelling which is obvious to the general public resolves by 10-14 days. Numbness will be present anywhere the skin has been raised. Sensory nerves are very forgiving but take time to heal completely. Sensation will gradually return over weeks to months. Seek out a board certified plastic surgeon to go over their technique and the specific recovery. I hope this was helpful.

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Swelling after facelift is going to vary based on the technique your surgeon uses. Generally speaking swelling which is obvious to the general public resolves by 10-14 days. Numbness will be present anywhere the skin has been raised. Sensory nerves are very forgiving but take time to heal completely. Sensation will gradually return over weeks to months. Seek out a board certified plastic surgeon to go over their technique and the specific recovery. I hope this was helpful.

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The amount of swelling and the extent of numbness you experience after your facelift will be dependent on the type and extent of the facelift procedure your surgeon performs.  Most swelling has subsided by approximately 2 weeks but the final resolution of all swelling is at about 2-3 months.  Numbness can take longer to fully resolve, up to 6 months.

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Swelling and numbness, which are normal after a facelift and necklift,  depend on many factors, including your individual anatomy and genetics as well as the extent and type of facelift procedure that is performed. Most of the obvious swelling subsides by 2 weeks, to the point that patients usually can resume their normal work and social activities, but there is further resolution of the swelling for 1-2 months. Numbness gradually decreases and sensation returns over months.

 

Robert Singer  MD  FACS

 

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