Everything You Need to Know Before Getting a Facelift
Facelifts are a popular way to reduce the look of aging. Over 120,000 people have the procedure each year. It can be daunting to get started, though.
These tips will help you find a surgeon, get the most out of your consultation, and prepare for surgery.
Finding a Surgeon
It’s crucial to find the right surgeon for your facelift. An online search for surgeons in your area is a great place to start. Consider these factors before choosing one.
Look for doctors certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
Most plastic surgeons have before and after photos on their websites. Good surgeons want future patients to see their results — be wary of any that don’t. You should also search for unbiased reviews from past clients.
The cost of facelift surgery will vary by surgeon and their techniques. Compare prices and financing options to find the best fit for you.
Your first visit with a plastic surgeon will be your consultation. Explain your goals and expectations for the procedure. The surgeon should discuss what’s possible and how they’ll achieve it.
The surgeon will also go over your medical history. While less than 2% of facelifts have complications, it’s important to know your risks. Smoking, bleeding disorders, poorly-controlled diabetes, and high blood pressure are examples of some risk factors.
Finally, the surgeon will perform a physical exam, measure you, and take photographs of your face. They’ll explain the next steps and the preparations you need to make. Make sure you’ve asked any questions you have. The ASPS has a list of recommended questions you can use as a starting point.
Prepare for Surgery
Your surgeon will give you instructions on what to do before your surgery. You may need to stop some medications. For general anesthesia, you shouldn’t eat for several hours beforehand. If you smoke, it’s recommended that you stop 6 weeks before surgery and don’t start again for 4 to 6 weeks after.
Preparing ahead of time will make for a smooth surgery day. Have your recovery space set up exactly how you’ll want it once you get home. Prep some meals or make other food arrangements for the next week or two. Arrange for someone to drive you to and from your procedure. If you have any prescriptions, fill them so they’re ready to go.
After the Procedure
The procedure usually takes a few hours. Once you wake up from anesthesia and are in good health, you’ll be able to go home. You’ll probably have some moderate pain for the first couple of weeks. Most people can go about their daily lives after 1 to 2 weeks. The bruising and swelling will go down over the next few months.
Soon you’ll have a more youthful face and the confidence to go with it. If you have any complications, questions, or concerns, contact your surgeon right away.
What problems do a facelift address?
Facelifts can help with:
- Sagging cheeks
- Extra skin around the jawline
- Deep lines around the nose and corners of the mouth
- Facial volume loss
Will a facelift address aging around the eyes?
A facelift affects the lower two-thirds of the face. The area around the eyes involves a different set of muscles and tissue. Eyelid surgery would be the solution for this. They’re often done along with a facelift.
How long is the recovery for facelift surgery?
Most patients are back to their daily lives within 1 to 2 weeks. It can take 2 to 3 months for your face to feel “normal” after the swelling and bruising have reduced.
When will I see the results?
Bruising and swelling will hide the effects of the surgery at first. You’ll see the results as you recover. Within a few months, you’ll look younger and healthier.
How long does facelift surgery take?
It can vary depending on the amount of work, but most surgeries last three to four hours.
Will the procedure leave scars?
Plastic surgeons make incisions where they won’t be noticeable. For a facelift, they’re hidden along the hairline and contours around the ears. You can use scar cream and keep them out of the sun to help reduce their appearance.
What are the possible complications?
While complications are uncommon, it helps to know what to look for. Contact your surgeon about any of these problems.
- Facial weakness
- Change in skin sensation
- Prolonged or severe pain
- Persistent swelling
- Slow healing
- Signs of infection
- Signs of hematoma
How long will the results last?
Facelifts generally last around 10 years. After that, the skin begins to sag again. You’ll still look younger than your age, though. You can contact your surgeon about future touch-ups.
About The Author:
Ann Lewis enjoys the art of writing and has experience in various spheres of the craft. By blending information, with advice and impromptu jokes, she writes articles that not only have something to teach but are also light, and easy to read.