If I fly in for a facelift procedure will I have to stay overnight, or can I fly back home the same day?
Whenever a patient flies in to see me for a facelift I highly recommend that they stay at least 1 week. Most of my patients will stay an entire 7 days so that we can follow them during the healing phase and make sure that all areas are healing as expected before we remove the sutures 6 days after surgery. If a patient is within a half day’s driving distance from me they can certainly go home and return 6 days later, but if they are flying in for the procedure, again I highly recommend that they stay for the entire week to assure that they will get the result that they expect and achieve the rejuvenation that we desire. We have relationships with various hotels, bed and breakfast, and resorts in the area so that we can minimize the cost to the patient and yet maximize their privacy and comfort during the immediate postoperative period. In fact patients that have the sophisticated extended SMAS deep plane facelift and certainly all patients that have comprehensive facial rejuvenation by me stay the night in our center with a private nurse so that the first night they can be observed and relax in our resort-like surgery center setting. I then see them the following morning, remove a light pressure dressing, as well as a small drain, and assure that all areas are healing as we expect. If they have had comprehensive facial rejuvenation I would see them 2 days later and remove their eyelid sutures and we would perform a skin treatment if they had a laser resurfacing on that same day as well. I would then see them back 3 days later, which is 6 days after the procedure for removal of any sutures for the facelift. At that point in time it is perfectly appropriate for the patient to travel back home and in fact with a small amount of cover makeup most patients look quite acceptable and can easily do this even on commercial airlines.