Preparing for A Facelift: 8 Expert Tips

We are often asked – what should be done while preparing for a facelift? In this article we will take a step back and consider – why you may even consider a facelift. As you age, the skin begins to lose elasticity, it’s more prone to sagging, and wrinkles to start to form. These signs of ageing are especially visible on the neck and face. Unfortunately, no-one can escape the ageing process altogether. But many people opt to have a facelift to reverse the clock and improve their appearance. 

Once you have decided to have a facelift, you will have several weeks to prepare for your surgery. If you’re considering a facelift, here are eight expert tips to help you prepare and feel ready for your procedure. 

What is a Facelift?

A facelift or rhytidectomy aims to restore the youthful appearance of the face and leave you feeling rejuvenated. During the procedure, your surgeon will tighten the underlying muscle and lift the skin from the face. They will then reposition the skin and remove any excess skin. The sutures that hold the skin in place are at the hairline to keep any scarring to an absolute minimum. As with any surgery, there are potential facelift risks, including but not limited to:

  • Bleeding 
  • Infection 
  • Numbness
  • Unfavourable scarring 
  • Skin irregularities 
  • Asymmetrical results 

You can expect a facelift to take around two hours with full recovery taking about six weeks. You will see the final result in four months or so, and any scars will continue to fade throughout the following year. 

8 Expert Tips to Prepare for A Facelift

Quit Smoking 

Nicotine restricts the blood flow and can increase the risk of complications during surgery. Any type of nicotine is off-limits in the run-up to your surgery. Smoking can also make your skin look older and more wrinkled.

Meal Prep 

It’s a good idea to make healthy food choices before and after your surgery. To give yourself the best chance to recover, meal prep some healthy meals for after your facelift. You need to have ample rest, and this helps to take the hassle out of cooking. 

Share Your Medical History 

Make sure you share your medical history with your plastic surgeon. Discuss any current medications and medical history so that you can get the best and most relevant advice. 

Maintain Healthy Habits

Follow a healthy diet and exercise regularly. As with any cosmetic treatment, you should be in good health before surgery to achieve the best results.

Discuss Your Expectations 

Your plastic surgeon should give you a realistic expectation of what you can expect from your surgery. It’s important to have this conversation so that you can prepare for the outcome. 

Avoid Alcohol 

In general, you should avoid drinking alcohol five days before your surgery. While you may want a glass of wine to calm the nerves, alcohol can thin the blood and increase the risk of excessive bleeding during surgery. 

Follow Your Surgeon’s Instructions 

Your plastic surgeon is an expert in cosmetic treatments. A thorough assessment and consultation mean they can give you the best instructions to prepare for your surgery. It’s essential that you follow the pre and post-op preparation and recovery instructions. 

Arrange Help When Preparing for a Facelift

Before your facelift, arrange help from a partner, family member or friend. This will include driving you home from the procedure and staying with you for the first few days while you recover. 

By preparing mentally and physically for your facelift, you can put yourself in the strongest position to allow your body to recover and achieve the safest and best results possible. 

Now you know what is best to do while preparing for a facelift, we have addtional content below on cosmetic surgery that you may like to read:

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