How Long Should Swelling Last After FaceTite™?

By: Dr. Nana Mizuguchi


Do you have visible lines, creases, and loose skin on the face or neck? FaceTite is a simple and minimally invasive procedure that provides a noticeable lift in just one treatment. This procedure at Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery uses radiofrequency-assisted lipolysis (RAFL) to heat up skin cells and encourage new collagen production.

While results from FaceTite treatment are stunning, some mild swelling is expected for about three days. Below, dual board-certified aesthetic and plastic surgeon Dr. Nana Mizuguchi provides tips on managing minor side effects during FaceTite recovery in Louisville, KY. Call to see how we have helped countless people like you achieve their cosmetic goals.

Why FaceTite over plastic surgery?

Loose skin on the face and neck can make you look and feel much older. Even if you take excellent care of your skin, the effects of gravity cannot be reversed without some kind of intervention.

A surgical facelift requires long incisions and may leave behind noticeable scarring. In addition, surgery requires extended recovery times and comes with a higher risk of complications. Patients should expect to take two weeks or more off from work and normal activities.

FaceTite treatment is ideal for individuals with mild to moderate skin laxity who are not interested in surgery. Our procedure can be completed in 45 minutes per treatment area, and most people in Louisville, KY return to normal activities the following day.

What can I expect during FaceTite recovery?

FaceTite patients can return home on the same day as their FaceTite procedure. Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery will provide detailed guidelines for recovery and a compression garment to make the process more comfortable. It takes about three days for side effects, like redness or swelling, to subside. In the meantime, Dr. Mizuguchi makes the following recommendations:

  • Avoid strenuous exercises for 1 – 2 weeks following the procedure. This prevents excess swelling and helps the skin heal properly.

  • Sleep with your head elevated on one or two pillows. Some elevation will make you more comfortable as you rest.

  • Apply cool packs to the treatment areas for 10 – 20 minutes at a time, several times a day. Remember to keep ice packs clean and covered.

  • Wear your compression garment as directed. This will minimize swelling and support the skin as it heals.

What about FaceTite results?

Some results are visible almost immediately following the procedure, but it can take 3 – 8 weeks to see the full effects of FaceTite. This is because it takes time for skin tightening to occur from new collagen production. Patients get natural-looking results that can last for years with proper skin care.

Patients can keep their results long-term by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Dramatic weight changes may cause additional loose skin, so patients should avoid losing weight too quickly. Additionally, wearing sunscreen and avoiding excessive sun exposure can help slow down the aging process and preserve your new FaceTite results.

Achieve excellent FaceTite results

Swelling is possible after FaceTite treatment, but it is usually minimal and dissipates after a few days. If you have concerns about recovery, call Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery for more information and a skin tightening assessment. Dr. Nana Mizuguchi can answer your questions about FaceTite and how it compares to invasive cosmetic procedures in Louisville, KY.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.