What to Know Before Your Facelift

Facelift surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries performed in the U.S. It provides facial rejuvenation to improve the signs of facial aging and loose skin on the lower and mid face.

While facelifts techniques and results have improved substantially since the procedure was first performed over a hundred years ago, you will need to consider some things before you schedule a facelift with the closest or cheapest provider near you.

Here are a few key things to know about facelifts and measures you can take to ensure your cosmetic goals are reached and the results are breathtaking.

1. Find the Right Plastic Surgeon

The emphasis here is a plastic surgeon. And let’s not stop there—make sure the person you choose to do your facelift is a board-certified plastic surgeon. Not a family doctor or other type of surgeon.

A facelift is major surgery, so you must find the right physician to perform the operation. One way is to only look at plastic and reconstructive surgeons board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. These dedicated health professionals ensure the proper training, continuing education, and experience. In addition, they are well-informed of the latest technologies and techniques. Finally, they must adhere to the most rigid ethical standards in medicine.

Once you find a physician who meets these criteria, go to your consultation with realistic expectations. Study before and after photos of patients the surgeon has helped. Make sure you are a good candidate for the surgery by asking questions and having the potential surgeon address your concerns.

Other questions to ask are where the surgery will be performed, what anesthesia will be used, and what technique or surgical plan the doctor has in mind. So again, do your research and feel comfortable with the surgeon you choose.

2. Become Familiar with the Different Techniques of Facelift

Generally, there are various terms surgeons commonly refer to for surgical facelifts, including:

  • Comprehensive facelifts that tighten the neck, lower face, and upper face. Incisions are usually performed in front, within, and behind the ear.
  • A mini facelift addresses only the lower face. It uses shorter incisions and removes less skin than a comprehensive facelift. However, it is a quicker, less invasive procedure, and its benefits may not last as long.
  • A midface lift addresses the signs of aging around the cheekbones with minimal incisions.

Some patients combine facelift surgery with other facial corrections like brow lift, eyelid lift, neck lift, or BOTOX®. Employing these procedures with facelift surgery helps with a comprehensive correction and enhanced results.

3. Set Aside Time for Recovery

You will need a responsible adult to drive you home after surgery who can stay with you for a day or two. Don’t try going through your recovery alone. Recovery generally takes one to two weeks, so make sure you have the time necessary to heal properly. Prepare your home correctly, like setting aside a recovery area in your home where you can read, watch television, or relax without interruption.

Make sure your medications and other necessary items are within arm’s reach. Prepare foods beforehand and, most importantly, get plenty of sleep.

Learn More

To learn more about facelift surgery, contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Epstein at MAE Plastic Surgery in Chicago, IL. Call our office at (847) 205-1680, or contact us online and schedule your consultation today. We are conveniently located in Northbrook, IL, and serve patients throughout Chicago.