After consulting with a few cosmetic surgeons, this patient chose Dr. Sadati for her face, neck, and eyelid lift because of his 600+ 5-star reviews and recognized expertise as the “Best Cosmetic Surgeon in Orange County” per the Orange County Register. Since she was now in her 60s, she wanted a local plastic surgeon who specialized in facelifts in the Newport Beach, California area, so she wouldn’t have to travel a long distance from her home.
She disliked how her oval-shaped face had become squared off with time and felt as if gravity was pushing her down and making her features, especially her eyes, look heavy and droopy. Dr. Sadati removed the excess fat and skin in her neck area and tightened the underlying muscles. When performing her facelift, he restored her youthful jawline and returned her face to its natural shape. Since the skin about her eyes made the eyelids look weighted down, he removed the excess fat through a small incision in the natural crease, so it would be undetectable.
Eight weeks after her surgery, she seemed like a new woman. Her skin was glowing, and she had a refreshed appearance as if she’d just returned from vacation. When she viewed her “after” picture, she said, “You truly are the best cosmetic surgeon in Orange County. Choosing you was the best decision I’ve ever made.”
Since every individual responds to surgery differently, there is no perfect answer for this question. Swelling and numbness take time to reside, but most people feel comfortable returning to work within two weeks of their surgery. Gravity plays a role in swelling, and you will notice that the swelling in your cheeks will go away before the swelling below the jawline or in the neck. This is completely normal, and you’ll be able to see the difference from week to week. Numbness occurs because some nerves are detached during the surgery. Nerves take longer to reattach and recover, so numbness can linger for six months or longer, but you should contact Dr. Sadati if either swelling or numbness are not diminishing within these time frames. If you’re concerned about “what’s normal,” we’re here to answer your questions.