Question: How long does it take to recover from a facelift?
Dr. Virginia Huang: The short answer is that it takes 10-14 days to recover to the point where you can go out in public. The bruising and swelling usually peaks by day 3 or 4 after surgery. By a week after surgery, the bruising is 60% resolved and by 10-14 days, 80% of the bruising has resolved to the point where you can go out with cover-up makeup. You may resume light activity at 10-14 days after surgery and unrestricted activity 4 weeks after surgery.