For decades, surgical facelifts have been some of the most sought-after cosmetic surgical procedures among women. In recent years, they’ve grown increasingly popular among men as well. When performed by a reputable, board-certified cosmetic surgeon, the procedure can help shave years off your appearance by correcting the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, deep nasolabial folds, jowls, and sagging skin around the chin and neck.
If you are considering a facelift, you probably have questions about the procedure itself, the expected recovery time, and the results you’re likely to see. This article aims to help answer those questions, quell any concerns you may have, and guide you in choosing a surgeon who can assist you in achieving your goals.
What Should I Know About My Facelift?
First of all, it’s important to understand that there are different kinds of facelifts: a cheek lift (or mid-face lift) that helps correct signs of aging around the cheekbones and involves minimal incisions, a mini lift (or lower facelift) that addresses the lower third of the face and is commonly performed under local anesthesia, and a comprehensive facelift which encompasses the upper and lower face and neck. This is the most invasive of the three procedures, but it also yields the longest-lasting results.
Before you commit to any procedure, you must select the right surgeon for the job. Keywords to look for when doing your research include “board-certified,” “ASAPS membership,” and evidence that he or she has completed a fellowship in cosmetic surgery. Your surgeon should be experienced, credentialed, and favorably reviewed by current and former clients. He or she should also be more oriented toward answering your questions and helping you settle on a procedure that best meets your needs and objectives rather than giving you a “hard sell.” The surgeons employed here at Skintastic meet these qualifications and more!
What Will Happen Before My Surgery?
Prior to your procedure, your surgeon will give you a list of pre-operative instructions, including medications you must avoid or discontinue prior to surgery and any dietary changes you should make beforehand. You should plan to have a friend drive you home and stay with you for a minimum of 24 to 48 hours after surgery and ensure that your home will be stocked with all the essentials you’ll need during recovery. This includes soft foods, any prescriptions issued by your surgeon ahead of time, ice packs, materials for treating your incision sites (including peroxide, witch hazel, and gentle soaps), and button-up clothing so you can avoid putting anything on over your head in the early days of healing.
The more thoroughly you prepare ahead of time, the easier your recovery will go, and the sooner you’ll be back on your feet. For this reason, it’s essential that you follow your surgeon’s recommendations as closely as possible. This will also help minimize the risk of post-operative complications like blood loss or infection.
What Should I Expect After Surgery?
After your facelift, you are likely to experience facial pain and swelling, as well as some initial difficulty chewing food. You may also be alarmed by your own post-operative appearance, as you are likely to see significant bruising, and your face may even have a lumpy appearance for a few days afterward. Although startling, this should not be considered cause for concern unless the symptoms persist long after the recommended time frame. As your recovery progresses, you are likely to see the inflammation decrease and the bruising heal, and you’ll have a more accurate picture of your improved appearance.
You may also notice some hair thinning or loss around the incision sites on your scalp. Generally, surgeons will strategically make incisions in areas that will be less noticeable, so talk to yours about what to expect.
Healing time is influenced by many factors including age, weight, overall health, diet, alcohol and tobacco use, and more, so you may not instantly see the results you’re hoping for. Keep the lines of communication with your surgeon open and report any perceived abnormalities.
A facelift is a procedure that is not without risks, and recovery can indeed be painful and disorienting at times. However, being well-informed ahead of time can make all the difference in your experience.
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Disclaimer: The above article was intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered an adequate substitute for medical care. For further information or to schedule a consultation, please contact us at Skintastic. We look forward to your business!