How to Prepare for Your Facelift Procedure
During your consultation, you will be given instructions to follow in order to prepare for your facelift surgery. The instructions may include temporarily stopping certain medications like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and certain herbal supplements. You may also need to adjust your medications or take additional medications to prepare for the surgery.
In addition, you need to stop smoking before the procedure and through the recovery period. There might also be certain skincare products that you need to apply in the weeks leading up to your facelift procedure.
It will be important to prepare for your recovery and healing process in advance. You will need to request time off from work. Arrange for a friend or a family member to drive you home after the procedure, and arrange for help around the house during the initial recovery period. Gather enough pillows to ensure that your head is properly elevated overnight.
The traditional facelift method is ideal for those experiencing harsh signs of aging in the midface and lower face. These include sagging and deep age lines and folds in the face, jawline, and neck.
In the traditional facelift method, incisions are generally made around the ear, at the hairline, and below the chin for the most optimal and comprehensive results.
After the incisions are made, the skin and underlying tissues are lifted to create a naturally tighter and more contoured look. Excess tissues are removed. Finally, the incisions are closed with sutures.
Sutures will be removed in six to seven days during a follow-up appointment. The total downtime of the surgery is usually around ten days. Patients will be given instructions involving the correct cleaning of the affected areas during the recovery period. For the next few days, a high-calorie diet will be recommended to help speed up the recovery. Bruising and swelling are common but are temporary and can be addressed with cold compresses. Patients can expect minor discomfort for several days during the recovery period. Medication will be prescribed to prevent infection and to reduce pain/discomfort.
During recovery, it is best to keep the head elevated and to avoid physically taxing activities like sports and heavy exercise. Patients are advised to rest as much as possible for two to three weeks. Once all swelling has disappeared, the full results will be evident.
This is a simpler version of the traditional facelift. This surgery does not make use of larger incisions like in the traditional facelift, instead involving much smaller and shallower incisions. This allows the treatment to be less invasive.
These incisions are typically made near the ears at the hairline. The plastic surgeon then tightens the tissues of the face and removes excess tissues as needed. The results provide a smaller degree of rejuvenation, making it ideal for patients who are experiencing less prominent signs of aging.
Because this technique is less invasive than a traditional facelift, it requires less downtime – usually only about 48 hours. This means you can get it done on a Friday and get back to work on Monday, prompting the name “Weekend Facelift.” It also results in less post-operative bruising and swelling for a more comfortable recovery process.
What is the Cost of a Facelift?
Pricing for a Facelift includes doctor fees, hospital fees, and anesthesia.
*Prices may vary based on the specific needs of the patient and the scope of the procedure