Downtime and post-care
After your SMAS facelift, you will have a wrapping around your head that will need to be removed the following day. Dr. Tansavatdi is meticulous about controlling all bleeding during surgery and applies a clotting spray in order to avoid using drainage tubes (which can be cumbersome for patients). Expect to have some numbing, swelling, bruising, and discomfort for about two weeks. This also marks the time when you should be able to return to work, continue exercise, and resume most daily activities. Dr. Tansavatdi recommends avoiding activities that involve excessive turning of your neck for an additional two weeks.