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Woman resting in bed with eyemaskAfter your facelift, expect to come home with some swelling, bruising and tenderness.

While these symptoms are typically manageable and will gradually improve as your body heals, there are a few things you can do to reduce swelling and bruising after facelift surgery.

  1. Keep Your Head Elevated

    Try to keep your head elevated as much as possible in the first few days after your facial plastic surgery to reduce swelling. Some people find that sleeping in a recliner or propped up on several pillows in bed are comfortable ways to stay elevated and get some much-needed rest.

  2. Use Cold Compresses

    You can use cold compresses to reduce swelling and make you feel more comfortable. Never apply ice directly to your skin. Instead, place a towel or other soft barrier in between. Ask your plastic surgeon how long you should apply cold compresses. The general rule of thumb is no more than 20 minutes at a time.

    Do not apply heat to swollen areas, since heat increases blood flow and swelling.

  3. Get Enough Rest

    Your body needs time to rest and recover, so take it easy in the first days after your facelift. When you’re feeling up to it, walking around the house can help to promote good circulation and healing, but don’t overdo physical activity at this stage of recovery.

  4. Follow Your Plastic Surgeon’s Instructions

    Your plastic surgeon should send you home with specific instructions about bandages, wearing a supportive compression garment, physical activity limitations, which medications and supplements to avoid and more. Follow these guidelines as closely as possible to maximize healing and your final facelift results.


Dr. Daniel G. Kolder

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

As a highly trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Kolder’s specialties include:
Tummy Tucks + Liposuction + Breast Augmentation + Breast Lifts + Breast Reduction + Facelifts + Armlifts + Upper & Lower Blepharoplasty, as well as a variety of non-surgical aesthetic procedures. Dr. Kolder is also known to have a warm, easy manner, compassionate care, with surgical results that are beautiful and natural.

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Patient Testimonial

“I was so pleased I chose to go to Dr Kolder! Not only do I love his staff, they are so helpful, efficient and just plain fun to talk to, Dr. Kolder makes you feel at ease with his knowledge and disposition. My surgery results were amazing and my recovery was made easy knowing I could call any time and get immediate attention and information. I highly recommend Dr. Kolder and his entire staff…”