Recovering From a Face Lift

If you're committed to positive change — to finally doing something about the sagging skin on your face resulting from the passage of time and the effects of both gravity and the Southern California sun — then hopefully you're equally committed to finding a qualified plastic surgeon to perform your face lift. San Diego certainly has its share of plastic surgeons. Of course, you don't want just any surgeon; you want:

  • One who matches your own commitment
  • One who shares your enthusiasm
  • One who has over 20 years of surgical experience
  • One who has a proven track record of safely achieving positive change
  • One who is dedicated to your full and speedy recovery, and
  • One who's willing to take the time to educate you as to what to expect before, during and after your face lift
Request Your Complimentary Consultation

You want triple board certified, San Diego plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo. His rare training in both plastic surgery and Otolaryngology (Head & Neck Surgery) affords you the benefit of dual surgical training and experience.

If you're seriously considering a face lift near San Diego, you're obviously concerned with your looks in some way. And, if you're reading this page, you're obviously concerned with what recovering from a face lift might be like. Dr. Chaffoo is here to help.

Before a face lift can help restore a more youthful look, you need a plastic surgeon that can help you make an informed decision. Request your complimentary cosmetic consultation online or call (858) 997-0096 for an appointment with triple board certified plastic surgeon Richard Chaffoo, MD, FACS, FICS.

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Triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo provides exceptional results and patient care.

  • San Diego Face Lift Recovery

    Immediately following your face lift (also known as rhytidectomy), your head will be bandaged to lessen any temporary bruising and swelling, and Dr. Chaffoo's team of experienced nurses will carefully monitor you. A thin tube might be inserted under the skin for just a couple of days to allow any blood that might gather there to drain. You can further minimize swelling by keeping your head elevated. Should you require it, Dr. Chaffoo will provide you with medication to minimize any pain you might feel during this time.

    Patient experiences vary after facelift surgery. After about five to seven days — around the same time that the swelling typically subsides — your stitches will be removed. You might experience some temporary numbness and facial movements might feel stiff; this is to be expected following surgery and should diminish within a few weeks.

    For the first few weeks, you are advised to abstain from alcohol and any physical activity that might place strain upon your body, including sexual intimacy. Additionally, it is recommended that you avoid steam baths and saunas, and to limit your exposure to ultraviolet light. And, be sure to get your beauty rest!

    Finally, be sure to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home from the cosmetic surgery center and then to remain with you, helping you out around the house for the first few days. You will be supplied with detailed post-operative care instructions to take with you. Throughout your recovery, you will periodically meet with Dr. Chaffoo so that he can assess your progress. Of course, in-between appointments, should you have any questions or concerns, you can contact your Patient Coordinator.

    The fact is that the majority of men and women experience minimal discomfort following their face lift. Most of Dr. Chaffoo's patients return to work after just 10 to 14 days; however, recovery rates vary.

    If you're considering a facial sculpting plastic surgery such as a rejuvenating face lift, San Diego plastic surgeon Richard Chaffoo, MD, FACS, FICS can help. He has an office conveniently located close to you on Genesee Avenue in La Jolla on the Scripps Memorial Hospital Campus at the Ximed Medical Center. Request your complimentary cosmetic consultation online or call (858) 997-0096 for an appointment.

    You demand the best from yourself. Dr. Chaffoo demands the best as well — from himself, from his staff and always for you.