Friday, June 27, 2014

Preparing for a Facelift

You’ve had your consultation and are now just two weeks from your facelift! This is an exciting time, one of anticipation and even a little anxiety. Now it’s time to focus on your results, and the best results start with proper preparation. There are many things you can do and in fact, must do, in the 14 days before your procedure.

The condition of your skin going into surgery has a direct impact on the procedure and your recovery. Well-cleansed and hydrated skin responds best to surgery itself and is ready to heal immediately afterwards. Get a really good exfoliating, nourishing and hydrating facial about a week before your facelift. It’s a good practice to have a facial every month if you can. Your face will love it and it’s a great way to treat yourself to some very important quiet time just for you and your youthful face.


There is a very long list of medications, vitamins and natural supplements you will be required to stop taking two weeks prior to your facelift procedure. Aspirin products and many vitamins and herbal supplements impact blood flow and clotting. Some can interfere with anesthesia.
Nicotine—whether from cigarettes or patches—should also be stopped prior to the facelift. This chemical can interfere with blood circulation and increase the risk of complications from receiving anesthesia. You may be required to sign a waiver that says you completely understand the risks associated with smoking and use of nicotine prior to surgery. Your surgeon takes your health and safety seriously enough to be certain you are completely informed.

No food or water past midnight prior to your procedure. Again, this is important for anesthesia and is the standard of care for any surgical procedure.

Yes, your hair can play an important role in your procedure. For facelift patients, having hair a bit longer may give you options to camouflage incisions or style differently as your heal. Often these little things mean a lot and unless you’ve had facial surgery like this before, you wouldn’t think this could have such a positive impact on your recovery.

It is vitally important that you follow your pre-procedure instructions carefully and work closely with your surgical coordinator to get your questions answered. A positive attitude and attention to detail will serve you well, in the weeks before and the weeks after. Here’s to your youthful and refreshed look after your facelift!


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