About five or six weeks ago I had a facelift. The recovery has gone pretty well, the swelling seems to be fading, but my facial skin feels unbelievably tight and stretched, so much so that it’s very uncomfortable. Will this eventually clear up and when?
It is normal for your skin to feel somewhat tight after a facelift. It is not usual, at least in our hands, for your skin to look tight. The tight feeling will gradually lessen and is usually resolved by about 3 months. If your skin looks drawn and stretched that may mean that you had tension placed on the skin rather than on the underlying tissues. This may still be alright as long as your incisions do not widen, but it may take longer for the sensation to resolve. In our technique the lift is done on the deeper layers of the face and no tension is placed on the skin. This results in longer lasting more natural results with improved scarring.
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