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The Road to Recovery: What to Expect After a Facelift

Facelifts represent a significant step toward achieving a youthful appearance and are increasingly chosen by individuals aiming to reverse the effects of aging. However, the journey doesn’t end with the procedure itself; understanding the recovery process is crucial for optimal outcomes. At New Image Cosmetic in Edmonton, Alberta, we ensure our patients are well-informed and prepared for what lies ahead after their facelift surgery.

What Is a Facelift?

A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that aims to give the face a more youthful appearance. It typically involves the removal of excess facial skin, with or without the tightening of underlying tissues, and the redraping of the skin on the patient’s face and neck.

What Should You Expect During Facelift Recovery?

Understanding the recovery phases after a facelift can help set realistic expectations and prepare for the journey. Here’s a breakdown of what typically happens from the moment you leave the operating room, through the first few days and weeks, to the long-term recovery phase:

Immediately After Surgery

Right after surgery, you can expect swelling, bruising, and pain. Your face may be bandaged, and drainage tubes might be placed to remove excess fluid.

First Few Days

Pain management is crucial during the first few days. Prescription pain medication can help manage discomfort. To reduce swelling, it’s essential to keep your head elevated and rest as much as possible.

First Few Weeks

Swelling and bruising will start to decrease. You will have follow-up visits with us to remove stitches and check on your recovery. Gradually, you can return to daily activities, but strenuous activity should be avoided.

Long-term Recovery

It can take several months for swelling to subside and incision lines to mature. During this period, it’s essential to protect your skin from the sun and follow our advice regarding skincare and activities.

How Can You Take Care of Your Skin After a Facelift?

Proper skincare after a facelift is essential for achieving the best results and facilitating a smooth recovery. Here are some vital steps and precautions to help you take care of your skin following the surgery:


It’s essential to clean your face gently with a soft, non-abrasive cleanser that doesn’t contain alcohol or fragrances that can irritate the delicate skin healing from surgery. Pat your skin dry with a soft towel instead of rubbing it.


Apply a hypoallergenic moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. This helps maintain the skin’s elasticity and reduces tightness or dryness that might occur after the surgery.


Applying sunscreen regularly is critical in protecting the healing skin from UV rays, which can cause significant damage and prolong the healing process. Ensure the sunscreen is broad-spectrum and reapply it every two hours when outdoors.


Wear wide-brimmed hats and light, long-sleeved clothing that covers the skin to provide additional protection from the sun. Sunglasses can also protect the sensitive area around your eyes from UV exposure.

Chemical Avoidance

Avoid harsh chemical treatments such as peels or exfoliating agents, which can strip away the top layers of your skin and risk damage to your newly sensitive skin post-operation. Use only mild products recommended by us. This caution helps ensure the facial skin doesn’t become overly irritated or exposed to elements that might hinder recovery.


A balanced diet of vitamins and antioxidants aids the skin’s natural healing process. For example, foods high in vitamins C and E can help repair damaged skin tissues.

Avoiding Negative Habits

Smoking significantly impairs your skin’s ability to heal and can lead to complications during recovery. It’s advisable to quit smoking before undergoing surgery and throughout the recovery period to ensure optimal healing.

Regular Appointments

Regular check-ups with us are essential to assess your healing progress and address any concerns. These appointments allow us to monitor for any potential complications early.

Personalized Advice

Everyone heals differently, and maintaining communication with us ensures you receive advice and care tailored to your recovery needs. This includes adjustments in medication, skincare routines, or activity levels as needed.

Silhouette InstaLift®: Our Choice for Facelifts

At New Image Cosmetic, we are particularly excited to offer the Silhouette InstaLift as a top-tier choice for facelift procedures. The Silhouette InstaLift stands apart from traditional methods primarily due to its innovative use of specialized suture materials that dissolve naturally over time. 

As these sutures dissolve, they stimulate the body’s natural collagen production, enhancing the structural integrity and elasticity of the skin. This process provides an immediate lifting effect — visibly reducing sagging and wrinkles — and gradually improves the skin’s texture and firmness.

Moreover, the Silhouette InstaLift is notably less invasive compared to conventional facelifts. This method does not involve significant incisions or adjustments to the deep facial tissues; instead, it uses fine threads inserted through tiny entry points on the face. As a result, patients typically experience minimal discomfort and a significantly reduced risk of complications.

What Is the Recovery Time Like for the Silhouette InstaLift?

The recovery time for a Silhouette InstaLift is generally shorter than that for a traditional facelift. Most patients experience mild swelling and bruising, which typically subside within a few days to a week. Many patients can return to normal activities and work two to four days after the procedure.

Schedule Your Silhouette InstaLift Consultation in Edmonton, Alberta

Recovering from a facelift, particularly with the advanced Silhouette InstaLift procedure, is a journey that New Image Cosmetic in Edmonton, Alberta, is committed to guiding you through every step. We are here to ensure that your path to recovery is smooth and that your results are enduring. 

If you are considering a facelift and want to learn more about what the Silhouette InstaLift can offer, please contact us to schedule a consultation. Contact us online or call (780) 756-3828 for your consultation. 

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