Question : I am scheduled for a facelift in 3 weeks. Can you tell me what to expect when I have the drains removed? Is it painful?
Answer : Usually after a facelift there is not a severe amount of pain, although the face is swollen. The patient may be slightly uncomfortable. An excessive amount of pain would be a concern. Usually with the facelift, the drains are removed shortly after the procedure, the next day or so after, and the patient is checked to make sure they are healing well. After that pain improves markedly over the next few days.