It is recommended that patients keep the head elevated when resting and sleeping during the initial stage of mini-facelift recovery. Sutures dissolve in about one week after surgery. Many patients are able to return to work just several days after surgery, but bruising is present for 7-10 days.
Mini-Facelift side effects include temporary discomfort, bruising, and numbness, but usually pain is minimal.
Your surgeon will discuss post-operative camouflage techniques with you prior to your surgery, but be assured that while almost everyone has some sort of temporary side effect such as bruising and swelling, there are makeup techniques that both men and women can use almost immediately to disguise them.