Facelift (Rhytidectomy): A Quick Guide to Recovery Time

Published October 31, 2017

Facelift (Rhytidectomy): A Quick Guide to Recovery Time

The quick guide to facelift (rhytidectomy) recovery time

If you’re considering facelift surgery, medically known as rhytidectomy surgery, you might be wondering how much time to set aside after the surgery before you can get back into the swing of your daily routine.

Dr Tavakoli’s team has prepared this quick guide to give you an idea of what to expect.

Immediately after rhytidectomy surgery:

It’s normal to feel some discomfort after surgery. You’ll be given special care instructions – it’s important to follow them carefully.

Week 1:

For the first week after facelift (rhytidectomy) surgery you should stick to gentle daily activities.

Week 2:

After a week you can resume light walking and household duties.

Weeks 3 to 6:

3 to 6 weeks after surgery you can resume driving, along with walking on a treadmill and light exercises.

Weeks 6 to 12:

In weeks 6 to 12 you can resume lower body exercises including squats and lunges.

3 to 4 months:

After 3 to 4 months you can commence weighted exercises, contact sport, swimming and light jogging!
If in doubt at any time after your rhytidectomy, or if you feel any pain while exercising, STOP! It’s important that you take care and don’t overdo it.

This is just a quick guide, so it’s always best to check with your doctor and follow their advice!

Published By: Dr Kourosh Tavakoli

Dr Kourosh Tavakoli, MS, FRACS, is an Australian-trained plastic surgeon with over 20 years of surgical training. He is an active member of the International Society (ISAPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). He is knowledgeable in plastic surgery of the breast and body and lectures extensively around the world on these topics.