How To Prepare For Your Facelift

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If you’re like most people, you know that planning ahead is an essential part of almost any successful endeavor. Cosmetic surgery is no exception. To give yourself the best possible chance for an easy surgery, speedy recovery, and ideal outcome, it is essential to prepare accordingly. As you count the days leading up to your facelift, use these helpful guidelines from Beverly Hills board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Hakimi on how to get your body, mind, and surroundings ready for surgery.

Tips on preparing for facelift surgery

1. Know your options

Before you even make the decision to undergo facelift surgery, it is important to understand all of your available options and determine which type of facelift is most appropriate for you. Dr. Hakimi is committed to offering the most advanced and effective facelift techniques available in Beverly Hills, including:

  • Full facelift
  • Mid-facelift
  • Lower facelift
  • Mini facelift
  • Liquid facelift

Additionally, Dr. Hakimi often combines brow lift, blepharoplasty, facial fat grafting, cosmetic injectables, and other treatments and procedures with facelift surgery to help patients achieve the most dramatic yet natural-looking transformation possible. During your initial consultation, Dr. Hakimi will thoroughly evaluate and discuss your concerns, explain all of your surgical and nonsurgical treatment options, and help determine which type of facelift may benefit you the most. Generally speaking, full facelift surgery is reserved for patients with more advanced signs of facial aging while the mini facelift may be ideal for younger patients who are just starting to notice wrinkles and loose skin in the lower face.

2. Boost your health

Patients are encouraged to maintain a healthy diet, regular exercise routine, and practice other healthy habits before and after facelift surgery to enhance their body’s ability to heal quickly and efficiently. In addition, healthy patients have a much lower risk of perioperative or postoperative complications. Ideally, patients considering facelift surgery should:

  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Stay hydrated
  • Exercise regularly
  • Maintain a stable weight
  • Avoid excessive alcohol consumption
  • Be a nonsmoker
  • Avoid direct sun exposure
  • Wear sunscreen
  • Practice routine skin care

3. Plan for your recovery period

Making sure you know what to expect after facelift surgery is also an important part of facelift preparation. Once Dr. Hakimi has formulated your customized surgical plan, he will be able to give you a better idea of your facelift recovery timeline, including how long you’ll likely need to take off of work, what level of scarring you may have, and when you’ll be able to resume certain physical activities. Patients may need to line up help with housework and/or children for the first few days after facelift surgery, and it is also beneficial to have a comfortable rest area prepared before you return home to begin your recovery.

4. Choose a skilled and experienced facelift surgeon

When performed by an inexperienced surgeon, a facelift can result in an overly tight, plastic, or artificial-looking outcome. Dr. Hakimi employs specialized tools and techniques, along with his wealth of skill and experience, to produce youthful, soft, natural-looking results that enhance a patient’s own beauty. During your Beverly Hills facelift consultation, don’t hesitate to ask questions about your potential surgeon’s training and experience, browse photo galleries, and read reviews from previous patients.

Go into facelift surgery in Beverly Hills, CA with the confidence and peace of mind you deserve

With accurate information, thorough preparation, and a highly qualified plastic surgeon, patients can feel comfortable and confident going into facelift surgery. To learn more about how facelift surgery can help you look up to ten years younger, call our convenient Beverly Hills office to schedule your one-on-one consultation with nationally acclaimed, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Hakimi today!

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