Making the decision to receive a facelift is a big one and requires careful consideration.
Designed to smooth and tighten the face and neck, a facelift works on the underlying tissue of the face and will require some proper preparation and downtime.
This article from plastic surgeon Dr Norris covers a few guidelines that will help you prepare for your procedure.
Facelift Surgery Preparation: Two Weeks Before
Two weeks before your surgery, you will need to meet with your surgeon for a final consultation where you will receive all of your pre and post-operative care instructions.
If you are a smoker, you will need to quit for at least two weeks before your procedure because it can affect your healing process. Quitting smoking improves your blood flow, which ensures that you can heal quickly and efficiently.
Certain medications and supplements that thin your blood will also need to be avoided until after your surgery. Be sure to mention any medications and supplements that you’re currently taking to your surgeon so that it can be determined whether or not you can continue with them.
Facelift Surgery Preparation: Two Days Before
At this stage, you will need to refrain from drinking any alcohol as this will dehydrate your body and affect the length of your recovery. Again, you may need to refrain from taking certain medications and supplements which your surgeon will mention to you.
Facelift Surgery Preparation: D-Day
Have a good shower and wash your hair on the morning of your surgery, just be sure that your hair is free of any products before your surgery.
Comfortable clothing that can be zipped or buttoned at the front is a good idea because you don’t want to pull anything over your face – the same applies to your sleepwear. Slip-on shoes are also a good idea because you won’t need to bend over after your surgery.
Your surgery can take anywhere from 3 – 6 hours depending on your requirements and it will require a general anaesthetic. You will also need to spend a night or two in hospital and will need someone to drive you home once you are discharged.
Recovering from Your Facelift
It’s important to follow your surgeon’s specific instructions after your surgery for the best results.
You can expect some swelling, bruising and numbness for several weeks and your dressings should be kept dry until your surgeon advises you otherwise.
To reduce swelling, it’s important to keep your head elevated for several weeks after your surgery, including while you sleep. Get as much rest as you can and avoid strenuous activities for at least 6 weeks after your procedure.
Choosing to undergo a facelift is not a decision that should be taken lightly and it’s crucial to take the time to choose the right surgeon. A facelift is a delicate procedure and requires very specific skills so be sure to ask as many questions as possible during your consultation to ensure that your surgeon is the right fit.