The decision to invest in facelift surgery can be scary and exciting at the same time. Facelift surgery is a great way to restore a youthful appearance and it can give you the long-overdue confidence boost that you need.
During your initial consultations with the facelift surgeon, the surgeon will assess your face and discuss your options. Modern surgeons often use 3D imaging software to show you what type of results you can expect from the procedure.
If you decide to go ahead with the procedure, the surgeon will usually advise you to stay healthy during the period leading up to the procedure. Patients are advised to stay well-rested, minimize alcohol consumption and avoid unnecessary supplements.
On the day of the surgery, you will be admitted to the hospital and your surgeon will come and visit you before the procedure. While you are awake, a few markings will be made to your face. The length of the surgery itself will depend on the type of facelift you are getting. With a smaller scale mini facelift procedure, for example, the surgery can take one or two hours. With more extensive surgeries where a facelift is combined with neck liposuction or a brow lift, it can take over six hours. Your surgeon will discuss this with you during your initial consultations. Patients usually spend one or two nights in hospital after a facelift surgery. Be sure to pack comfortable pyjamas and clothes as well as magazines, a tablet or anything else you will need to keep yourself occupied during your hospital stay.
Many people also enquire about the recovery time following your facelift procedure. The recovery time depends on individual factors as well as environmental factors, but most patients only feel discomfort in the first 48 hours. It is common for patients to experience numbness around the chin and ears the first few weeks as well. Most patients resume their normal daily activities within a few days, return to social events and activities after two weeks and resume light exercising after three weeks.
Pre-existing conditions such as diabetes can impact your recovery time. Smokers are also advised to stop smoking before and after the surgery. Quitting cigarettes during this period is in the interest of healing and minimizing any potential risks.
A facelift surgeon will also advise you to prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for the procedure. For some patients, having cosmetic surgery is an emotional roller-coaster and having a positive attitude can go a long way in terms of having a comfortable and positive experience. Contact Dr. Michael Kelly, plastic surgeon at Miami Plastic Surgery for more information about facelift surgery in Miami today.