Why a facelift?
If you are bothered by the signs of aging in your face, a facelift might be right to you. This surgical procedure improves visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as:
- Sagging in the midface
- Deep creases below the lower eyelids
- Deep creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth
- Fat that has fallen or is displaced
- Loss of muscle tone in the lower face that might create jowls
- Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw
Is it right for you?
As with any surgery, you should have realistic expectations, and we will help you understand those at your consultation appointment.
An ideal facelift candidate:
- Is physically healthy and is a nonsmoker
- Has a positive outlook and realistic goals about improvements
Note that a facelift does not change your fundamental appearance and cannot stop the aging process. A facelift can only be performed surgically. Nonsurgical rejuvenation treatments cannot achieve the same results, but may help delay the time at which a facelift becomes appropriate.
Preparing for your consultation
The success and safety of your facelift depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. During your consultation, we will discuss:
- Why you want surgery, your expectations and desired outcome
- Your health status, including any previous surgeries
- Your family health history
- Your risk factors
- Potential complications of surgery
- Other options for facial rejuvenation
Make sure you bring a list of your own questions and concerns. Please feel free to bring a supportive friend to help you listen or take notes. Become well-informed before you make a final decision.
Preparing for surgery
Once you have completed your consultation and decided facelift surgery is right for you, it’s time to prepare for surgery day. We might ask you to:
- Have lab tests and/or a medical evaluation
- Stop, start or adjust certain medicines and supplements
- Stop smoking
We will also give you instructions on what to do the day before and morning of surgery, and instructions for self-care after surgery. You will need to arrange for a ride home on surgery day. Also, make sure someone stays with you at least the first night following surgery.
What to expect after surgery
After a brief recovery period, you should take it easy for a few days. Expect soreness and swelling for a time. Avoid clothing that goes over your head. Make sure your incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion or motion during the healing period.
We will give you complete written instructions for a safe and comfortable recovery. Instructions will include:
- When you can resume exercise, work and other activities
- How to care for any bandages, wraps or stitches
- Recommendations for pain medicines
- Symptoms to watch for
- How to care for your scars
- When to schedule your follow-up appointments