CONSIDERING A FACELIFT
As people age, the effects of gravity, exposure to the sun, and the stresses of daily life can be seen in their faces. A facelift will not stop the aging process. What it will do is "set back the clock" improving the most visible signs of aging by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and redraping the skin of your face and neck.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A FACELIFT?
Any one or combination of the following conditions may indicate that you are a good candidate for a facelift:
YOUR PERSONAL CONSULTATION
Facelifts are very individualized procedures. Your plastic surgeon will explain in detail the technique, risks, and complications. Preoperative photos will be taken for your medical record.
HOW WILL MY PLASTIC SURGEON EVALUATE ME FOR FACELIFT SURGERY?
In your initial consultation your plastic surgeon will evaluate your face, including the skin and underlying bone, and discuss your goals for the surgery.
PREPARING FOR YOUR SURGERY
Your plastic surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain herbs, vitamins and medications. If you smoke it is especially important to stop prior to surgery; smoking inhibits blood flow to the skin and can interfere with the healing of your incision areas.
If your hair is very short, you might want to let it grow out before surgery, so that it is long enough to hide the scars while they heal.
A facelift usually takes several hours. You should arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and stay with you for a day or two.