Q: When will I feel kind of normal after a facelift?
I had my facelift 11 days ago and I’m still very swollen. Going to Walmart is an ordeal and my eyes are light sensitive. Am I the only one to have such a slow recovery?
A: Everybody recovers at a different pace, and not all facelifts are done in the same fashion. With that being said, most patients start to feel “normal” somewhere around 14-21 days. Even at that time, you will steel numb in some places and have areas with variable amount of swelling. But you should definitely feel more normal by then.
Q: Is It best to get a facelift from a doctor who does facial surgery only or one who does both body and facial plastic surgery?
A: You should choose a surgeon that has experience performing facelifts. Ask him how many he performs a year and what percentage of his surgeries are facelifts.
Q: For optimum contouring should I have fat grafting during facelift or later?
A: I think that the best time to have the fat transfer procedure is during the face lift. The areas typically treated with fat grafting are not undermined during the facelift. This way the entire face is treated simultaneously with the fat and the lift.
Q: Paralyzed eye after lift?
Since I had my lift I cannot raise my left eyebrow or the left side of my mouth I also have a big lump on my neck. I had it two months ago
A: From what you describe, you have an injury to the frontal nerve (can’t elevate brow) and either the buccal or marginal nerve (cant elevate lip). You should see your surgeon.