After your surgery
There isn’t usually significant discomfort after a facelift in Manhattan; if there is, it can be lessened with the pain medication prescribed by plastic surgeon Dr. Zevon. (Severe or persistent pain or a sudden swelling of your face should be reported to Dr. Zevon immediately.) Some numbness of the skin is quite normal; it will disappear in a few weeks or months.
Manhattan facelift plastic surgeon Dr. Zevon may tell you to keep your head elevated and as still as possible for a couple of days after surgery, to keep the swelling down.
If you’ve had a drainage tube inserted, it will be removed one or two days after surgery. Bandages, when used, are usually removed after one to five days. Don’t be surprised at the pale, bruised, and puffy face you see. Just keep in mind that in a few weeks you’ll be looking normal.
Most of your stitches will be removed after about five days. Your scalp may take longer to heal, and the stitches or metal clips in your hairline could be left in a few days longer.