A facelift is a type of plastic surgery that may treat wrinkles and sagging skin caused by aging. It tightens underlying muscle and tissue, removes excess skin and repositions the skin on the face. It may correct marionette lines, a double chin and jowls, crow’s feet and midface sagging. A facelift may make you look years younger, and the results can last for years. It is the gold standard for facial rejuvenation. If you have realistic expectations of the possible outcome and are in good overall health, you may have decided to have a facelift. Here is what you can expect before and after the procedure.
A set amount of time before the date of your facelift surgery, you may be asked to stop smoking if you smoke. This is because smoking changes the blood flow that will have a negative effect on the healing process. For the same reason, you will be asked not to smoke for a set amount of time after the surgery. In addition, before and after surgery, you may be asked to avoid blood thinners such as aspirin, ibuprofen and vitamin E. For some people, our surgeon may prescribe medications to take before the surgery. This will be discussed during prior consultations. It is essential that you follow all instructions closely in order to ensure a successful outcome.
The day before the surgery, you should avoid drinking alcohol. Be sure to get a good night’s sleep, so you are rested before the procedure. According to your personal cosmetic needs, the surgery may take hours. You may be given general anesthesia, and will not be able to drive yourself home after the surgery.
For a set amount of time after the surgery, it is recommended to have help with daily activities such as cooking and cleaning. It is important to rest as much as possible during that time. After all, a facelift is surgery and requires adequate healing time. It may appear that there is a lot involved in a standard facelift, and it seems very complicated. However, it is worth the effort when you see your youthful looks after the process is finished.