Toronto Facelift Recovery Tips – Learn The Four Stages Of A Great Recovery

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Toronto Facelift Recovery Tips - Learn The Four Stages Of A Great Recovery

Cosmetic Surgery Procedure: Facelift

Knowing how to take care of yourself following a Toronto facelift is important if you want the best outcome possible. Being able to effectively navigate the physical changes and needs that come with cosmetic surgery will help you get back on your feet faster and with less discomfort. Your surgeon will give you a more specific explanation of what to expect after the procedure, but there are some common stages all patients go through that you review ahead of time to help prepare.

Stage 1: Days 1-7

First and most importantly, you should have prepared ahead of time for someone to bring you home after your Toronto facelift since you will not be unable to drive yourself. You should also have a friend or family member around for at least the first 24 hours until the anesthesia finishes wearing off. Take any prescribed painkillers as directed and if needed, though be prepared for the possibility of lingering nausea throughout the week.

Discomfort, discolouration, and swelling are all common during the days following your facelift. These symptoms tend to peak at around day three before starting to fade. As tempting as it may be to stick to R&R during this period, physical activity will promote blood circulation and speed up the rest of your recovery. Physical exertion or anything that can noticeably raise your heart rate should be avoided but light walks or minor chores are ok.

Stage 2: Days 7-14

The swelling and discolouration should begin fading faster at this point but some additional signs around the eyes or ears may appear as well. You may also experience odd sensations like numbness, tightness, or tingling in different parts of your face. This is normal and is part of your face adjusting to its changes.

Heavy lifting or strenuous activity are still a no-go but light activities and regular walks are encouraged. Depending on how the discolouration and swelling and healing up, it may be possible to conceal them with makeup and return to work. However, some patients may prefer to wait longer before going out in public.

Stage 3: Days 15-30

By now, the swelling and discolouration will have faded enough to let you go out and about without needing concealment, though some isolated areas may still need time. Any odd sensations should have also stopped or begun to decrease. The incision sites have also begun to heal and settle, though they may turn pink or red.

This is normal with Toronto facelifts and will improve over time, though scars can take up to a year to fade. You can also begin returning to a regular exercise routine and moderate levels of physical activity. However, you should still avoid anything significantly strenuous or with a possibility for injury.

Stage 4: Day 31+

You are officially done the recovery process and can fully return to your normal routine. There will continue to be various minor changes and subtle developments over the coming months as any residual swelling, discolouration, and sensation can take up to a year to completely go away. Keep your doctor informed of any significant changes that occur and enjoy the new face in the mirror—you’ve earned it.

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