Before your face lift surgery

  • Face Lift for MenThe Cosmetic Surgeon may suggest that you lose weight to give you the best possible long lasting result.
  • Your Cosmetic Surgeon will also suggest that you stop smoking - an important part in assisting wound healing.
  • If you colour your hair, it is advisable to do so before surgery as it will be several weeks afterwards before it is again safe to do so.
  • You may want to bring sunglasses to wear after surgery to hide some of the swelling and bruising.


  • The Cosmetic Surgeon will visit you in your room to obtain your final consent and mark the face with a pen in preparation for your surgery.
  • If you have any final questions it is important that you ask your Cosmetic Surgeon at this time.
  • When you wake up from your surgery you will have dressings on the face and possibly drainage tubes in place.
  • Painkillers will be offered if required, however it is not regarded as a painful procedure, more uncomfortable due to the 'tight' feeling.
  • You can expect to be in hospital for 1 or 2 days, any drainage tubes will be removed before you go home.

Going home after face lift surgery

  • It is advisable to rest with your head propped up in the early days and avoid bending, lifting or sudden movements of the head.
  • You will be advised on when you can wash your hair and this will help to make the removal of the stitches easier.
  • It is very important that you attend the appointments to care for your wound and see your Cosmetic Surgeon.
  • It will be possible to return to work once the stitches have been removed and the bruising and swelling have settled, approximately 2 - 3 weeks.
  • You will have your own personal Nurse Counsellor both before and after your procedure to support you and answer any questions you may have.

Recovery from Face Lift Surgery

  • Most people may experience some bruising and swelling
  • Stitches will be removed at between 7 to 14 days
  • By this time you should be able to resume your normal day-to-day activities with few exceptions

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