What to Do Before Your Facelift
Deciding to have a facelift is a very personal decision, and there are several steps that patients should take before and after their consultation appointment. It’s important to be as prepared as possible before your surgery. Here are six steps you can take before your facelift to get ready for the surgery and recovery period.
You’ve probably already done some research about the facelift procedure if you’re ready to book a consultation. Your consultation with Dr. Angelchik is your opportunity to ask any questions you may have related to your facelift. It’s best to make a list of any questions you may have, and you may find that you have more specific questions after reading more about the procedure.
Many patients are surprised to learn that there are more than one type of facelift to choose from. Depending on the extent of your skin laxity or wrinkles, you may be a candidate for a mini facelift instead of a standard, “full” facelift. This procedure is also called a “short scar” facelift and is primarily chosen to reduce mild to moderate jowls and skin laxity. It’s also possible to combine a mini facelift with other skin rejuvenation options if you choose. Before your consultation, learn about all of your options and discuss them with Dr. Angelchik so that he can help develop a custom treatment plan for you.
Many people have some concerns before their facelift procedure, like avoiding the “pulled” or “pinched” look that was somewhat common in facelifts of the past. While this look is avoided in modern techniques by making adjustments to the muscles and soft tissues well as tightening the skin of the face, Dr. Angelchik can further reassure you that your results will look natural by showing you before-and-after pictures of previous facelift patients.
Hesitations or fears about the recovery process after a facelift are common, but most patients are reassured when they know what to expect. It’s typical to experience some swelling, bruising, and tenderness after your facelift, but Dr. Angelchik will give you specific instructions for your recovery period to help you heal faster, as well as pain medication to keep you comfortable. The initial healing period typically lasts only one to two weeks before patients are ready to return to their normal routines.
It’s very important to keep up a good skin care routine both before and after your facelift. Sunscreen is important to protect your skin, and should be worn daily. Dr. Angelchik may suggest products containing retinol or collagen-boosting ingredients to nourish the skin before your procedure and after.
The most important consideration before your facelift is choosing the best plastic surgeon for you. Most patients choose their plastic surgeon based on positive reviews, before-and-after photos, and reading more about their qualifications. Dr. Paul Angelchik is a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience in plastic surgery, and is consistently recognized as a “Top Doctor” by Castle & Connolly.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Angelchik in Glendale, Arizona, call (602) 517-0077 or request an appointment online.