The facelift procedure (also known as rhytidectomy) is one of the most commonly requested cosmetic surgeries in the world. Once considered the province of women of advanced age, the facelift is increasingly requested by younger clients as well as men. It’s a procedure known for the thoroughness of its results, and for its ability to restore a youthful, fresher appearance to the client.

However, it’s important to realize that although it’s a routine operation at many surgery centers, it is still an invasive surgical procedure, and a procedure targeting the most visible part of your body. For those reasons, it’s essential to go into the process well informed.

To ensure you achieve the most desirable possible results from your facelift, here are five questions you should ask at your consultation.

1. “Am I a good candidate for this surgery?” Right off the bat, it’s important to realize that not everybody will benefit from facelift surgery. Your surgeon should be able to tell you whether you’re one of those people and, if so, recommend alternative procedures that will help you achieve the look you’re going for.

Here are some of the criteria for a good candidate for facelift surgery:

  • Skin elasticity: A facelift involves tightening your facial skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and that means your skin must have a certain amount of elasticity for it to work.
  • Good bone structure: Ideally, the underlying bone structure will help support the results of the facelift. A client with less defined structure may benefit from facial implants in conjunction with the facelift procedure.
  • Loose face/neck skin: Loose skin is typically excised during facelift surgery, leaving the client with a more taut, firm appearance.
  • Good health: A facelift is an invasive surgical procedure, and it requires substantial recovery afterward. A client in poor health or with a compromised immune system may struggle to bounce back.
  • Realistic expectations: This is perhaps the most important characteristic a facelift client can have. It’s important to realize that while the procedure will help to reduce signs of aging, it cannot reverse them entirely.

2. “Are you a board-certified plastic surgeon?”

Many cosmetic surgical procedures are expensive, which means clients sometimes seek cheaper alternatives elsewhere. Unfortunately, there are many self-proclaimed “cosmetic surgeons” looking to prey on uninformed people by performing risky — and potentially even deadly — surgeries without the necessary licensure or the relevant skills.

The results of these procedures are wildly inconsistent, and in the worst-case scenario they can leave clients badly disfigured, injured, or fighting infections due to the non-sterile setting and implements. In extreme cases, they have even resulted in death.

When you choose to undergo cosmetic surgery, you are putting your looks, your health, and possibly even your life in somebody else’s hands. For those reasons, it’s crucial to hire only a licensed professional to perform your facelift. Cutting corners simply isn’t worth it if your health is put at risk.

3. “How will the procedure work?”

A qualified surgeon should be able to walk you through the process step by step, explain what will happen before, during, and after surgery, set expectations for your recovery period and post-operative care, and answer any additional questions you may have. If your consultation with your prospective surgeon leaves you with more questions than answers, or if the surgeon does nothing to help allay your fears about possible complications, consider seeking a second opinion.

4. “What can you tell me about your background, education, and professional experience?”

Your surgeon should be able to answer all your questions about where and when they were educated, how many years they’ve been practicing, and which hospitals or surgery centers they’ve worked for previously. You should only select a surgeon who has been trained specifically in cosmetic surgery, and whose reputation is substantiated by other satisfied customers.

5. “Can I see some before-and-after photos?”

Your qualified surgeon should be able to show you many pictures of satisfied clients before and after their surgery. The results depicted in these photos are testament to the surgeon’s skill, and you should only proceed with the surgery if you feel impressed with them. If you find that a surgeon’s work leaves his or her clients with an unnatural or artificial-looking appearance, that’s probably a sign that you should concentrate your search elsewhere.

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Disclaimer: The above article was intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for medical care.