The summer season is almost here – and you can’t wait to spend your time off soaking up the sunshine at your favorite local beach. Or maybe you’ve planned a summertime getaway to your favorite tropical destination. No matter where your summertime adventures may take you, you’ve got one question:
“How long after a facelift before I can go to the beach?”
A facelift procedure is one of the best treatments for correcting moderate- to- severe signs of aging, including drooping skin, baggy eyelids, deep folds and wrinkles, and more. During the facelift, your plastic surgeon repositions facial muscles to correct sagging and trims away excess skin to show off your newfound results. A facelift can produce results that last for a surprisingly long time; most patients report feeling satisfied with their results five and even ten years later.
But what about in the short term? If you undergo a facelift procedure, how soon can you enjoy normal activities, like going to the beach?
*Individual Results May Vary*
In general, we usually recommend waiting at least four to six weeks before going to the beach or enjoying normal activities. In the first 15 days of your recovery, you’re going to spend a lot of time resting. Most patients see some bruising and swelling, which is still visible within the first two or three weeks after the procedure. However, after three to four weeks, most of your swelling will have subsided, so you’ll feel more confident going back to your normal routine (and that includes sex!).
Keep in mind that you’ll want to wear lots of sunblock, especially if any of your facelift incisions are exposed to sunlight. Healing wounds are particularly vulnerable to UVA/UVB rays and can turn into deep-red scars without proper sun protection.
To learn more about what to expect from your breast augmentation recovery, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Aycock in Walnut Creek, CA (925)-937-8377 or Greenbrae, CA (415) 925-1700.
Dr. Aycock serves the greater San Francisco Bay area.