A facelift is an effective way of reducing the severity of loose skin on the face and achieving a significantly younger appearance. However, it is a major procedure and one that requires plenty of prior planning to ensure it goes smoothly. Let’s take a look at how you can prepare for your facelift to make sure you have the most comfortable recovery possible.
Nicotine restricts blood flow and this can cause complications when it comes to healing from a cosmetic procedure. You should quit smoking several months before your facelift. In fact, most cosmetic surgeons including Mr. Shaheel Chummun will not perform surgery on current smokers. If you currently smoke, be sure to stop as soon as possible if you want to have a facelift.
Consider other procedures to combine with your facelift
When they have multiple cosmetic concerns that they want to rectify, some patients combine procedures into a single surgery so that they only have to experience the recovery process once. It’s common for a facelift to be combined with a neck lift, which reduces sagging skin and fatty deposits on the neck. You should discuss the possibility of combination surgeries in your initial consultation with Mr. Chummun.
Arrange help for your recovery
You’ll need to rest up after your facelift surgery, and for a short period of time, you won’t be able to drive or perform many everyday tasks that involve physical activity. You’ll need to have someone to drive you home after the procedure, and you’ll want some extra help around the house until you get back on your feet.
Drink plenty of water and eat well
Staying hydrated is really important not only for the skin but for the entire body. In the weeks running up to surgery, it’s important to drink plenty of water and eat a balanced, nutritious diet to ensure your body is in the best possible condition for healing from the procedure. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to eat or drink for several hours before the anaesthetic, so getting plenty of water and good quality food the day before surgery is particularly important.
Make sure you’re fully informed in your consultations
You’ll be given clear instructions about how to prepare for your facelift once your surgery is scheduled, but you can always get in touch if you have any questions. Your pre-surgical consultations are the ideal time to make sure you’re fully informed about the procedure, so if you’re considering a facelift and want to know more about the surgery, don’t hesitate to book a consultation.