First, take a deep breath. If your facelift has not given you the results that you hoped for, there are ways to progress toward the outcomes you desire.
Unfortunately, there is the possibility that a facelift will have poor results. If you recently had a facelift, and the final results are far from what you requested, you have what popular culture calls a botched facelift. Keep in mind that a botched facelift is different than the side effects directly following a facelift, like swelling.
How Long Does A Facelift Take to Heal
After a facelift, swelling is totally normal. While it will take months before the swelling has completely resolved, it is likely that within two or three weeks you will look very good and will see your desired results. Be patient.
Usually by five months, most of the obvious swelling has resolved, but it is very common to have some mild residual contour irregularities still related to swelling at five months. These usually resolve slowly over the next several months. Discuss the issue with your surgeon, have him or her take some photos now so that you have something to compare to in another month or two.
You should have scheduled a follow-up appointment with your surgeon for the week after the procedure. Address any issues or concerns with him or her when you have your appointment. But until then, relax and rest!
Fixing a Botched Facelift
Botched facelifts can result from the original surgery, or can be a result of the patients healing process. It’s impossible to say what the best options would be without seeing pictures. In person evaluations can determine what surgical operations are required, and the degree of correction that can be achieved.
Make sure you have realistic expectations when fixing a botched facelift — the results are unlikely to be exactly as they would have been after the original procedure.
It is important to know the risks of a facelift before making an appointment for the procedure. Botched facelifts can be fixed, but can also be avoided by seeking out an expert facelift surgeon.
Finding a Great Surgeon for Your Facelift
The two most important factors in choosing a facelift surgeon are:
- Do they get good results?
- Will they stick with you if a complication occurs or if you are not happy with the results?
Board certification is important because it tells you that they have achieved a certain level of expertise. There are many board-certified facelift surgeons out there, and you should schedule consultations with multiple certified surgeons.
Tips to finding a surgeon you can trust:
- Look carefully at before and after photos.
- Do they have the results that you like?
- Talk with some previous patients about their experiences.
- Is the surgeon well respected?
- Has he or she done great work?
- Consider asking your surgeon about any situations where things didn’t go quite right and what they did to help correct them.
It is Possible to Fix a Botched Facelift
It is possible to fix a botched facelift, but specific guidance cannot be given via the internet. Schedule an appointment with a facelift professional, follow the steps above and they will be able to guide you from there.