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How long does a facelift take to recover?

There are several different types of facelifts ranging from mini to full face which can affect your healing time. The most common standard facelift takes approximately 2 weeks to get back to a relatively normal routine. During your first week you will be recovering from most of your physical healing including but not limited to drain removal, mild bruising, swelling and some redness at the incision sites. By the second week you will see real progress and be able to drive, attend social events and look very presentable. You may start light exercise at approximately 3 weeks and the rest of your healing may consist of some residual numbness/tingling/fading of redness which is very mild and doesn’t bother most patients. Again these healing times are dependent upon the type of facelift you are having and your age, health etc.