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How To Prepare For Facelift Surgery To Achieve Optimal Results

How To Prepare For Facelift Surgery To Achieve Optimal Results

A facelift, also called a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure performed by a qualified plastic surgeon to rejuvenate the face. Facelifts can transform your appearance by altering tissues below the skin, repositioning the skin, and removing excess skin to smooth wrinkles and eliminate sagging from the face. After your consultation with your plastic surgeon and determining that a facelift is the right cosmetic surgical procedure for you, it is time to prepare. There are things you can do to prepare for your facelift surgery to achieve optimal results.

Is there an ideal age to opt for facelift surgery?
Read What Age Is The Right Age For Facelift Surgery?.

Preparing For Facelift Surgery

  1. Understand the Procedure
    The first step in preparing for facelift surgery is to have a thorough understanding of the procedure itself. A facelift is a surgical procedure that involves making incisions around the ears and hairline, lifting and tightening the underlying muscles and tissues, and removing excess skin. The procedure can be performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the plastic surgeon's recommendation and the complexity of the surgery. You should have realistic expectations about the procedure and the results that can be achieved. A facelift can improve the appearance of sagging skin, deep wrinkles, and jowls, but it cannot stop the natural aging process or completely eliminate all signs of aging.
  2. Choose the Right Surgeon
    Choosing the right plastic surgeon is crucial to achieving optimal results from facelift surgery. Research potential surgeons thoroughly, looking for board-certified plastic surgeons with extensive experience performing facelifts. It is also important to study before-and-after photos and read reviews from previous patients to get an idea of the surgeon's skill and patient satisfaction rates. During the initial consultation with a potential surgeon, ask questions about their experience, the procedure itself, and what you can expect from the recovery process. The surgeon should be open and honest about the risks and benefits of the procedure and provide a detailed plan for the surgery.
  3. Take Care of Yourself Before Surgery
    In the weeks leading up to facelift surgery, it is important for you to take care of yourself to ensure optimal results and a smooth recovery. This includes getting plenty of rest, staying hydrated, and avoiding smoking, alcohol, and certain medications that can increase the risk of bleeding and complications. As you prepare for surgery, follow a healthy diet rich in nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants to promote healing and minimize inflammation. Avoid sun exposure and use high-quality sunscreen to protect your skin from damage.
  4. Prepare for the Recovery Process
    Facelift surgery requires a significant amount of downtime for proper healing and recovery. Plan to take at least two weeks off work and avoid strenuous physical activity for several weeks following the procedure. Arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and help you with daily tasks during the initial recovery period. Before surgery, prepare your home for the recovery process, stocking up on soft foods, comfortable clothing, and any necessary medical supplies. Arrange for any necessary childcare or pet care to ensure you can focus on recovery without distraction. During the recovery period, follow your surgeon's instructions carefully, taking prescribed medications as directed and attending follow-up appointments as scheduled. Avoid touching or rubbing the surgical area, keep your head elevated, and use ice packs to minimize swelling and bruising.

Did you know that sleep is critical for a quick and healthy recovery?
Find out more by reading The Importance Of Sleep For Recovery After Cosmetic Surgery.


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Facelift surgery can be a life-changing procedure, helping you achieve a more youthful, refreshed appearance. But, to achieve optimal results and a smooth recovery, it is important to take the time to prepare physically and mentally before the surgery. By understanding the procedure, choosing the right surgeon, taking care of yourself before and after surgery, and preparing for the recovery process, you can help ensure that your facelift surgery is a success and that you achieve the results they desire.

To book a complimentary consultation with Kelowna’s top facelift surgeon, contact us at (250) 868-9099 or through our online contact form.

Dr. Brian Peterson at Peterson MD in Kelowna is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive medical training and specialization in Plastic, Aesthetic, and Reconstructive Surgery. With the extensive knowledge and skill of Dr. Peterson, along with the knowledgeable staff at Peterson MD who are committed to providing patient education, you can feel confident in the results of your cosmetic surgery.


Q: How far in advance of a special event should I have a facelift?
A: The best time to schedule a facelift surgery in advance of a special event is at least 6-8 weeks. Although you will likely feel much better in the 2-4 week period after surgery, some of the outward signs of facelift surgery may be present for the first 6 weeks. This means that you may not feel your best when seeing friends, old and new, and taking the expected photos that are typical at such an event.

Q: Do I need to sleep sitting up after a facelift?
A: It is ideal to sleep in an elevated position for several weeks after surgery. This position reduces swelling and facilitates a faster and better healing process. Training yourself to sleep on your back is ideal during recovery and beyond.

Q: Can you combine a facelift and neck lift?
A: Yes you can! In fact, these two cosmetic surgeries complement each other very well. To learn more about combining face and neck lifts, read Combining Facelift and Neck Lift Surgery.

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