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Mini Facelift

What to Expect During Your Mini Facelift Recovery

Photo of a woman receiving a facial examinationUndergoing a mini facelift can help you achieve a more youthful appearance with diminished signs of aging. Patients can generally return to work 10 days after undergoing a mini facelift at Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery in Long Island, NY. After your procedure, Dr. Stephen T. Greenberg will provide you with detailed at-home instructions to follow to minimize discomfort and bruising as you recover to ensure you achieve a smooth and successful recovery. In most cases, mini facelift recovery is typically shorter than that involved with a full facelift, allowing you to resume normal activities more quickly. With Dr. Greenberg’s eye for detail and years of experience, you can trust that you will receive the best mini facelift results possible.

Side Effects to Expect During Recovery

Because each patient responds to surgery differently, your experience after surgery will vary to some degree from other patients. However, some of the basic responses to expect for the first few days to several weeks after surgery include:

  • Bruising 

  • Swelling 

  • Redness 

  • Loss of feeling in the skin 

  • Skin sensitivity 

  • Pain
  • Skin tightness

  • Headache
  • Nausea

If you experience severe discomfort or a side effect suddenly worsens, you should contact our office. We can help ensure you do not face any serious complications.

What Happens Following Surgery?

Having your mini facelift performed at our state-of-the-art outpatient surgical facility, will allow you the opportunity to return home the same day as the procedure. Once the procedure is completed, you will be taken to a comfortable room where our knowledgeable staff can monitor your response to surgery. If Dr. Greenberg is happy with the results and how you are responding, you will be released to go home.

Due to the anesthesia involved, you will need to have someone available to drive you to and from our office. We also recommend that you have someone stay with you for the first 24 to 48 hours so they can assist you with basic, everyday activities. Resting in an upright position, taking medications as prescribed, and using cool compresses will significantly limit swelling and any discomfort.

The day after surgery, Dr. Greenberg will check your incisions, clean the area, and change bandages and compression garments to ensure you are recovering nicely. We will also show you how to change your bandages and compression garments at home to prevent infection from developing. Once you return you home after your follow-up appointment, you are free to shower. About one to two weeks after surgery, you will attend another follow-up appointment where Dr. Greenberg will remove your sutures.

When Can You Resume to Normal Activity?

Once your sutures have been removed, you are free to return to work and other normal activities that do not require great exertion. However, strenuous physical exercise and any activities that could strain your incision sites should be avoided until Dr. Greenberg clears you. Within two to three weeks after your surgery, you will begin to notice a younger-looking appearance as the swelling and bruising diminishes. We will encourage you to be patient with the process, as results can continue to be revealed over the next few months to a year. 

At Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery, our team is passionate about providing personalized care in our private and comfortable operating facility, ensuring a consistent and smooth mini facelift treatment and recovery.

For the first two to three months after the mini facelift procedure, you should avoid certain lifestyle activities that could inhibit the healing process, such as:

  • Smoking
  • Saunas
  • Stream rooms
  • Excessive alcohol consumption

To maintain your results, it is also important to follow a good skincare regimen that includes sunscreen and limited exposure to direct sunlight.

Achieving a Smooth Mini Facelift Recovery

At Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery, our team is passionate about providing personalized care in our private and comfortable operating facility, ensuring a consistent and smooth mini facelift treatment and recovery. If you are interested in learning more, contact our office today via email or by calling 516-364-4200 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Greenberg.

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