Facelifts and facial rejuvenation procedures have been growing in popularity over the past few years and, if you’re unhappy with fine lines, droopy jowls, wrinkles or uneven skin tone on your face, you’re sure to understand why. While less invasive procedures can be the ideal solution to minor facial imperfections you want to deal with in the short term, facelifts can offer a longer lasting result. A board-certified cosmetic surgeon can assess your suitability for a facelift during a consultation, as well as offering some tips for the procedure itself and any post-surgical instructions.
1. Make Sure You’re Suitable for a Facelift
The first, and perhaps most important, of these facelift tips is to make sure you’re suitable for the procedure before you set your heart on going ahead with it. There’s no hard and fast rule about who’s suitable for the procedure but, generally, facelifts are most appropriate for those aged between 40 and 60, in good general health and with realistic expectations as to what results can be achieved.
As with all cosmetic surgery procedures, a facelift should only be performed by a board-certified cosmetic surgeon’s clinic, following an initial consultation. During this appointment, your candidacy for the procedure can be assessed and you should be provided with some information on what you should and should not do immediately before and after your facelift.
2. Allow Enough Time for the Facelift
Depending on the type of facelift you go for, the procedure may take between 2 and 6 hours. As you can imagine, a mini-facelift will take the shortest time to complete, while those opting to have a more complex procedure can expect to spend the better part of a day at your cosmetic surgeon’s clinic. You will normally be allowed to go home after the facelift, armed with recovery tips. Remember to factor in time for the procedure itself when you’re booking time away from work and other activities.
3. Know What You Want to Achieve
There’s no one-size-fits all approach to facelifts and your cosmetic surgeon can only provide results you’re happy with if they know exactly what you want to achieve. Before you attend your consultation, make a list of the imperfections and issues you’d like to tackle during the procedure, as well as some idea of the final results you’re hoping to achieve. Be honest with your cosmetic surgeon, after all, you’re both working towards the same goal – a new, improved you.
The results of a facelift can be expected to be long lasting, although the exact period of time you enjoy your new look for can depend on a few factors, such as skin quality, significant weight gain or loss and any future blemishes which may develop, including sun damage. In other words, there are some tips you can follow to help your facelift results last longer.
4. Book Time off Work for Recovery
Just as the procedure itself will vary from person to person, so will the specific recovery time you need. One of the most important tips to bear in mind when planning your facelift is to ensure you give yourself plenty of time off work to allow your body time to recover. Rushing back isn’t going to be good for either you general wellbeing or the results of your facelift.
As a general rule, you can expect to need around 2 weeks away from work after your facelift, during which time you should also avoid strenuous exercise and activities. If you’re scheduling your facelift to coincide with a special event, it’s generally recommended that you leave at least 1 month between your appointment and the event to make sure you’re looking your best on the big day. Post-facelift swelling usually lasts around 2 weeks and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
5. Be Aware of What a Facelift Can’t Do
A facelift can be an incredibly effective way to tackle saggy jowls and similar signs of aging, but the procedure has its limitations. For example, it won’t do anything to improve the appearance of crow’s feet, droopy eyes or fine lines. If any of these issues are on your list of what you’d like to banish when you visit your cosmetic surgeon’s clinic, you may find that you could also benefit from additional procedures such as BOTOX®, laser skin resurfacing or other non-surgical med spa treatments, perhaps in conjunction with eyelid surgery or a brow lift. Your cosmetic surgeon can discuss this in more detail during your consultation and tailor your procedure to suit your own requirements.
6. Familiarize Yourself with the Various Options
If you’ve done any research into facelifts already, you’ll be aware of the range of options which are available, as well as the array of non-surgical alternatives which may be suitable. Don’t immediately assume that a facelift is what you need or want – have a look at other procedures before you contact a cosmetic surgeon to book your consultation.
There’s no best option when it comes to cosmetic surgery, just a best option for you individually.
It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the various treatments and procedures in advance. These facelift and facial procedure tips will help to get your research started:
- A facelift is a cosmetic surgery procedure focusing on the cheeks, jowls and neck. Normally, an incision will be made behind the ears.
- In some cases, a fat graft may be used to restore lost volume around the cheeks and temples.
- Upper facial surgery such as a brow lift or eyelid surgery may be appropriate if you’d like to improve these areas. These can be combined with a lower facelift.
- The results of your facelift may be enhanced and extended by the addition of non-surgical treatments such as BOTOX® or laser skin resurfacing.