Post-surgery swelling and bruising is variable, so it is difficult to predict how each individual patient will respond to surgical treatment. We ask patients who are having full face lifting and sculpting to dedicate the first one to two weeks after surgery to their recovery, so that they may heal in the best way possible. We also do not want our patients out and about, having people cough on them and giving them the flu and/or a cold that would challenge their immune system. We want their body to focus completely on healing. Of course, the more extensive the procedure, the longer the recovery period. For example, eyelid procedures frequently have a much shorter recovery period whereas full upper face, lower face, and neck surgery with eyelids have longer recovery periods.