Posted on May 19, 2023 in Facelift
A facelift is one of the best ways to improve your appearance and look more youthful. It helps address loose skin as well as fine lines and wrinkles on the jaw, neck, and face. But how do you prepare for a facelift? Is there anything you need to do before surgery? Let’s take a look!
About six weeks before your facelift surgery, if you’re a smoker, you’ll want to quit smoking. Smoking can affect your circulation and slow down the healing process. You’re also more likely to struggle with complications if you’re a smoker.
But beyond stopping six weeks before the surgery, you also won’t want to restart until four to six weeks after the procedure as well.
Six weeks before your facelift, you’ll also want to either start eating healthy or maintain your healthy diet. You want your body to be as healthy as possible and eating a healthy diet is one way you can do that.
Try to cut out high-fat foods, fast food, foods that are high in sugar, and alcohol. On top of that, you’ll also want to drink eight glasses of water per day.
You’ll also want to let your job know ahead of time that you’re going to need time off. Most patients take about two weeks off to recover and to ensure the swelling and bruising have gone down. But how much time you take off depends on your job and what your doctor recommends.
At least 2-3 weeks before your facelift, your doctor will likely tell you to stop taking or avoid taking blood thinners including aspirin. When on the medication, you increase your risk of bleeding and that can lead to other complications.
Coming off the medication ensures your blood clots when necessary. If you’re worried about not taking your medications, talk to your surgeon.
Before surgery, you’ll also want to prepare for after surgery as well. Make plans with a friend or family member to drive you to the surgery and drive you home. Fill any prescriptions you’ll need prior to the surgery because you likely won’t want to do much after the procedure. If you have kids, have your spouse or another family member take care of them while you recover.
The night and morning before surgery, you won’t be able to eat or drink. Starting at midnight the evening before, you can’t consume any food or liquids so make sure you have a good meal and plenty of water before that time.
Interested in learning more about getting a facelift and how you need to prepare? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ellen at Dr. Ellen Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, She is happy to walk you through the procedure and ensure you’re fully prepared.
To schedule a consultation today, call our Bloomfield Hills office at (248) 220-6760 or use our online contact form.
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