Four Things to Do Before Having Facelift Surgery
Facelifts are one of the most popular types of cosmetic surgery. In 2020, almost 250,000 facelift surgeries were performed in the U.S., and that number has grown by about 75% since 2000. If you’re one of the thousands of people planning facelift surgery, it’s important to understand how you can prepare your mind and body for the procedure, which requires several days of recovery. Follow all instructions provided by Dr. Saba Motakef and the team at Motakef Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Anaheim Hills, CA, and check out these tips that can help Orange County residents get the most out of their facelift.
1. Adjust your medications
Consult with Dr. Motakef and your primary care physician to determine if you should stop using any medications or supplements you’re taking. This includes prescriptions you’ve been given by Dr. Motakef or your primary care doctor as well as any over-the-counter (OTC) medications or supplements you take. Many common OTC medications, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, can increase your risk of bleeding after surgery, while prescription drugs like blood thinners can cause excessive bleeding and bruising after a facelift. Never stop a medication without the approval of your doctor, and be sure to let Dr. Motakef and the team at Motakef Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Anaheim Hills, CA know all the medications and supplements you’re taking.
2. Prepare your body for facelift surgery
A healthy, hydrated body is ideal for surgical recovery. Smoking and vaping are not only bad for your long-term health, but because nicotine restricts blood flow, it can interfere with your body’s ability to heal after your facelift. The good news is that the health benefits of quitting smoking begin almost immediately, so as long as you’re nicotine-free by 4 – 6 weeks before your facelift surgery, that will give you the best chance of avoiding nicotine-related complications. We also recommend drinking plenty of water and stopping alcohol consumption at least a few days before your surgery.
3. Make a facelift recovery plan
You’ll be sore after your surgery, and the first couple of days are usually the hardest. Be sure you have a ride home after the procedure and that someone will be home with you for at least a few days. Many patients choose to recover in a specialized center, so if your budget permits that, it’s an excellent way to ensure you have what you need to be comfortable. If you plan to recuperate at home, make meals in advance and have people around to assist you with daily chores of the household for at least a few days. Plan for a recovery period of about 10 – 14 days. That could mean taking time off work or arranging childcare.
4. Be ready on the big day
On the day of your surgery, arrive at the surgery center without makeup, moisturizer, or other cosmetics on your face, and avoid the use of antibacterial soap, as this can leave behind residue on your skin. Follow all pre-surgery instructions about food and beverages, and be sure you get plenty of sleep the night before. Wear comfortable clothes that will be easy to take off and put back on.
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Facelift surgery has become increasingly popular because many people see the benefit it can have – removing years of aging from your face and creating a youthful appearance. While any surgery is a serious procedure that requires care afterward, there are steps you can take long before your surgery to make it easier on yourself. Anaheim Hills, CA residents considering a facelift should consult with Dr. Saba Motakef and the team at Motakef Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery today.