In 2017, the United States held the highest number of cosmetic procedures around the world, with over four million cosmetic operations. Procedures like liposuction, facelifts, and breast augmentation have increasingly become more popular. With all of these cosmetic procedures becoming popular, it’s important to continue to educate those who are interested in any cosmetic procedure. Here is what you need to know before you get a facelift.
What Is A Facelift?
A facelift is a cosmetic procedure that helps improve signs of aging around the neck and the face. The procedure involves removing excess skin and then tightening facial tissue to smooth any wrinkles or folds. A facelift does not include an eye or brow lift, though it is possible to have these procedures done simultaneously. The main focus of a facelift is the bottom half of the face, particularly the neck, with the main goal being to disguise any signs of aging. During the procedure, incisions are made in the hairline close to the temple. These incisions allow your surgeon to remove and then tighten the skin on your face. When incisions is made, dissolvable sutures are used, though sometimes that’s not the case. In the case of non-dissolvable stitches, you would need to return to have those removed after the procedure. It’s important to talk to your doctor to assess the possibility of side effects being an issue for you.
How to Prepare for Facelifts
When preparing for a facelift procedure, it’s very similar to how you would prepare for any other type of surgery. Beforehand your doctor may ask you for blood work or a pre-surgical evaluation, as well as possibly asking you to stop taking certain medications before the procedure. A doctor might ask that you stop smoking, leave your face untouched in regard to any skin products, and to stop using any pain relief medication. It’s also recommended that you have someone drive you to and from the procedure, as you’ll have anesthesia in your system. Having someone stay with you for a day or two after the procedure is suggested as well.
What Comes After Facelifts
After a facelift, you will most likely be prescribed pain medication from your doctor. It’s possible to experience mild pain and/or discomfort after, which is perfectly normal and expected. You’ll be instructed on when exactly you will be able to remove any dressings or bandaging from your face, and a follow-up appointment will be required. You’ll be able to see the difference in your face once the swelling goes down, and your skin should feel go back to feeling normal after several months. It’s recommended that you wait at least two weeks before resuming any kind of normal physical activity, and longer for more intense physical activity. This varies for each person, however, so make sure to stay in contact with your doctor on that matter. To preserve facelifts, you’ll want to moisturize daily and protect your face from the sun. Using sunscreen every day will help protect the results of facelifts and making sure that you relatively live a healthy lifestyle. It is possible that you may not get the exact results wanted, and sometimes a second surgery is needed to achieve optimal results.
Being informed on cosmetic surgeries is so important before jumping into them without knowing how to prepare or what to expect. Preparing yourself is the best way to ensure that you will get prime results. Insurance does not cover cosmetic procedures, so it won’t be necessary to go through an approved insurance provider. It’s important to make sure your surgeon is board-certified, just to make sure that you will be receiving the best possible care. Facelifts can change a person’s view of themselves for the better, so make sure you do it right.