A facelift is a procedure designed to make your skin look younger and tighter. The process leading up to and after the surgery is one that requires a large amount of preparation and dedication. In order to ensure you’re ready for the treatment and the recovery process, here are 10 facelift tips to help you prepare for each.

Facelift Tips Before Your Surgery

  1. Do not take any aspirin or aspirin containing compounds, herbs and remedies that thin the blood, or vitamins. Your physician’s office should supply a list of all medications they would like discontinued and the dates to do so by.
  2. Prepare your bed with multiple levels of pillows to ensure you will be able to sleep in an elevated position.
  3. Secure someone to help take care of you for the first 48 hours or so post-op. It is very helpful to have support and someone to help you time your medications to ensure you take them at correct intervals.
  4. Talk to your doctor about taking Arnica and Bromelain. Various patients have found that these supplements help reduce swelling. Ask about icing swelled areas and confirm that your doctor recommends it.
  5. Dress comfortably to the hospital/surgical center – a shirt that opens in front will be easier to get out of than one that goes over the head.
  6. If you are a smoker, try to stop smoking for 4 weeks prior to your facelift – and preferably don’t start up again. Carbon Monoxide and nicotine from cigarettes can have disastrous results on facelift healing.
  7. Pick up any prescriptions you can ahead of time and stock up on soft foods and beverages you like.
  8. Purchase clamp hairpins as needed to keep your hair out of your face when you need to apply ointments and cleaning solutions.
  9. If you need to cut and color your hair, it is best to do this before surgery. It will be at least six weeks before you can have this done post-op.
  10. If you’ll be venturing out of the house after the worst part of recovery has passed, but before the bruising has subsided, a heavy-duty concealer can help to hide the bruises.

Facelift Tips After Your Surgery

  1. Make sure you rest! Doing or lifting things too soon can compromise your results. You can get up and walk a bit to promote circulation and prevent blood clots, but make sure you give your body time to heal.
  2. Drink plenty of clear liquids to stay hydrated.
  3. As mentioned above, make sure to sleep with your head in an elevated position to promote healing.
  4. Be sure to consult your surgeon about when you can wash your hair after the operation. Some doctors say the next day is fine, others want you to wait a little longer.
  5. If you quit smoking before surgery, try to stay a non-smoker for at least four to six more weeks.
  6. Within two weeks or less, you should be able to go outside again. You might want that previously mentioned heavy-duty concealer at this point to hide your residual bruising.
  7. For a couple weeks to several months after a facelift, some swelling, tightness, and numbness is normal. Tightness is a good sign because it means the proper tissues were lifted.
  8. Prolonged tightness (lasting more than six weeks might) warrant some sort of treatment; whether that means massages, medicine or facial exercises.
  9. Be aware of what scarring might occur. Most well done incisions will flatten and narrow in time. Taking care of your body and skin will help in minimizing scarring.
  10. Enjoy your results and embrace your new look! Don’t be afraid to be the more confident version of yourself!

Finding a Surgeon You Can Count On

When it comes to choosing the right surgeon for your procedure, it is important to find a doctor who cares about the quality of their work and service to their patients. For precise, beautiful facelift results, contact Dr. Stallworth today to schedule your consultation.