Preparing for a facelift requires taking several steps to ensure that the procedure goes to plan. These include stopping smoking, avoiding certain medications, adjusting your existing medication regimen, and applying products to your skin preoperatively. It could also involve modifying your lifestyle more generally to improve the chances of a successful recovery.
Here are some tips from the Langdon Center on how to prepare for a facelift.
Eat Healthily and Exercise
Eating healthily and exercising is essential for overall youthfulness and appearance, but they are particularly beneficial when planning a facelift.Staying in shape and consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables will prime your face for optimal recovery and encourage the renewal of tissue. A healthy diet can induce skin cells to produce more beneficial compounds that improve healing.
Refrain From / Quit Smoking
You should refrain from smoking before getting a facelift, or quit altogether. Smoking damages the skin on the face and impairs the body’s ability to heal following surgery. Toxic compounds from tobacco products constrict the small blood vessels that feed facial skin, depriving cells of the resources they need to recover after surgery. Excess free radical damage from cigarette smoke can also increase recovery time.
Prepare Your Recovery Plan
Recovering from a facelift requires both time and preparation. It takes between 7 and 10 days for bruising and swelling to settle down after an ExpresS-Lift. Most people can get back to work within a week or so. However, recovery from a full facelift may take longer, so you need to prepare well in advance.
First, make sure that you book sufficient time off work. You may not be able to go to your place of work for the first week following treatment.
Second, you’ll need to prepare your recovery area at home. Arrange your pillows so that you can prop up your head at night when you go to sleep. The elevation will reduce swelling and allow for natural drainage.
You may experience a stiff or puffy face for a few weeks following a facelift. Dr. Langdon and colleagues will prescribe pain medication as needed.
Although getting a facelift is a significant decision, you can expect a host of benefits that can dramatically improve your appearance and how you feel about yourself.
For instance, facelifts can help reduce jowls and improve the definition of your chin, neck, and jawline. Facelifts can also radically improve the appearance of sagging lower facial and neck skin and give you a more youthful appearance.
Critically, facelifts help to improve your confidence, which can have profoundly positive effects on other important areas of your life, such as your work or relationships.
Am I a Candidate for a Facelift?
If you are in good health and have sagging skin on the face or neck, you could be an ideal candidate for a facelift. The majority of people who opt for this treatment are middle-aged or older, but younger patients may benefit too.
“I had a face lift done by Dr Langdon and I cannot say enough good things about the outcome. I had surgery seven years ago which was a big disappointment. Today I am a new person after the surgery the doctor performed. Doctor Langdon and his staff could not be nicer. All and all a wonderful experience!” *