How Should I Prepare for Facelift Surgery to Ensure the Best Outcome?

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Once you make the decision to undergo facelift surgery, you may feel excited about the new, youthful look you'll soon be able to enjoy. Before you get to your surgery date, however, it's important to prepare appropriately to ensure a successful procedure, an efficient recovery, and the most desirable outcome possible. Here, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Saba Motakef of Motakef Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Orange County, CA outlines some of the most important things to know before facelift surgery and provides helpful tips for facelift preparation to set you up for success.

Where should I start for facelift surgery?

If you're like many people, you may have decided that you're ready to do something about your lines, wrinkles, and drooping facial features — but you're not quite sure where to start. Without question, one of the best first steps in facelift surgery is scheduling a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to better understand your available options and determine which type of facelift or facial rejuvenation surgery may be most beneficial for you. During your initial consultation for Anaheim Hills, CA facelift surgery, Dr. Motakef will listen closely to your concerns and goals, assess your signs of facial aging and overall facial anatomy and skin elasticity, and discuss your options at length. Some of the most popular facial enhancement surgeries performed today include:

  • Full facelift
  • Mid-facelift
  • Lower facelift
  • Mini facelift
  • Brow lift
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Facial fat grafting

Following your consultation and the development of your customized facelift plan, Dr. Motakef and our knowledgeable team will provide comprehensive information on what to expect during and after facelift surgery, as well as what things you may need to do (and what to avoid) before your facelift — and why.

What do I need to do to prepare for a facelift?

Once you've completed your facelift consultation and preoperative appointments, it will be time to begin preparing for your surgery. Some of the most important pre-facelift preparation instructions and tips include:

  • Stop smoking
  • Stick to a healthy diet
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Schedule time off work based on your projected recovery timeline provided by Dr. Motakef
  • Plan to have help with household chores, including anything that requires lifting or strenuous physical activity
  • Set up a comfortable place to rest and recover
  • Practice sleeping on your back with your upper body elevated to get used to your facelift recovery sleeping position
  • Stock up on healthy snacks and meals
  • Discontinue medications, if applicable, as directed by your doctor (do not adjust or stop any medications without your provider's instruction)
  • Discontinue certain facial products, if applicable, as directed by your doctor

With this pre-facelift checklist, as well as any other personalized instructions provided by Dr. Motakef based on your unique situation and individual case factors, you can help ensure you are well-prepared for a comfortable recovery and optimal facelift results you can enjoy for years to come.

Regain your youthful features and feel confident about your image with facelift surgery in Orange County, CA

With facelift surgery, it is often possible to achieve a stunning, natural transformation that leaves patients looking — and even feeling — up to a decade younger. To give yourself the best chance possible for a comfortable healing experience that leads to fantastic results, preparation is key. To learn more about preparing for facelift surgery, or to start your facelift journey now, call Motakef Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Anaheim Hills, CA board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Saba Motakef today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.