7 questions to ask before getting a facelift
Should I get a facelift?
Undergoing a facelift surgery is a big decision and the first question you should ask yourself is “should I get a facelift”?
If you look in the mirror and wish you had a younger-looking skin, you may have started thinking about all possible options to reinvigorate your appearance. If creams, beauty treatments, and facials failed, then a facelift might be what you need to boost your confidence and self-esteem.
However, whatever the reason you’re committing yourself to a facelift, it’s important to remember that happiness comes from within. If you decide to go for a facelift, do it for yourself, and not because of pressure from a partner or friend.
What different types of procedures are available, and which one is right for me?
There are different types of facelift procedures and selecting the one that’s right for you can be a daunting process. Your surgeon is the best person to advise you on the right type of procedure based on your expectations, health background, age, and areas of concern.
A mini facelift is a less invasive procedure well-suited to people with mild skin sagging around the face and neck. It’s a great option for those who have started to notice early signs of aging such as jowls, skin laxity, and platysmal banding.
A mid-facelift targets the midsection of the face, from the upper mouth to the eye area. It’s ideal for anyone looking for an uplifted, younger-looking skin appearance in particular areas of the face like under the eyes and above the mouth.
In a full facelift or traditional facelift, the surgeon targets various areas to holistically revamp the patients’ appearance. The procedure includes bigger incisions and might require a longer recovery time compared to a mini and mid-facelift.
What should I expect after surgery?
If you are like most people considering a facelift, you’re probably thinking about what you should expect after facelift surgery.
The first few days are the most difficult, as you might experience bruising and swelling around the face and neck area. Although each person experiences healing at a different pace, side effects typically go away within 10-14 days, and you will be able to return to normal activities within 2-4 weeks. 
What questions should I ask my doctor during a facelift consultation?
Although there are many resources online to help you understand everything about facelift surgery, the best way to get answers to all your questions is by asking your plastic surgeon. Here are a few suggested questions to ask during your 1:1 facelift consultation:
- Can you show me before and after photos?
- Can you tailor the operation to meet my expectations and needs?
- How much time will I need to take off from work or studies?
- Where will the procedure be performed?
- Am I a good candidate for a facelift?
- What will my recovery be like?
What are the risks and complications associated with the procedure?
How can I get the best results?
The longevity of facelift results varies from patient to patient. Age, skin type, health condition, self-care, and the type of surgical procedure are all factors that contribute to the final outcome of a facelift.
Here are some tips to help you accelerate the healing process and get the most out of your facelift surgery in the long run:
- Keep your skin protected from the sun. Sun exposure can take a toll on our skin, permanently damaging the skin’s structure. For long-lasting facelift results, it’s best to avoid direct sunlight exposure. 
- Eat nutrient-rich meals and stay hydrated. Eating a balanced diet and staying hydrated can help in preserving healthy, firm skin.
- Don’t forget about your routine skin care. Taking care of your skin will keep you looking youthful and healthy. Talk to your doctor regarding what routine skin care you should be using after your surgery.
- Get enough sleep. Relax and let your skin heal.
- Use compression. Compression garments help to minimise bruising and swelling during recovery.
- Use cold treatment. If recommended by your surgeon, cold treatment can reduce pain and swelling after the surgery.
Should I wear compression garments during my recovery?
Bruising, swelling, and pain are some of the side effects patients need to go through before seeing results. During the healing process, compression garments can make recovery more comfortable by minimising swelling, preventing bruising, reducing visible scarring, and easing pain.
Compression garments are designed for immediate post-operative care, and they come in different shapes and sizes to accommodate different needs. For facelift surgery, the Facelift wrap with cold packs is ideal for providing support to the underlying tissue while promoting healing.
Your plastic surgeon will give you instructions on what kind of garment suits your specific procedure.
Read here why compression is important during recovery.
How long should I wear compression garments after plastic surgery?
Without a doubt, compression garments are critical for achieving long-lasting results. For the first 2 to 4 weeks after your facelift surgery, you should wear compression garments at all times. As underlying tissues start to heal, you can minimise the time to only a few hours a day, upon your surgeon’s approval.
However, many patients prefer to wear compression garments for a longer period of time as they provide the support and stability they’re looking for during their everyday activities.
 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. 2022. Facelift Procedure Steps.
 Rittié L, Fisher GJ. Natural and sun-induced aging of human skin. Cold Spring Harb Perspect Med. 2015;5(1):a015370. Published 2015 Jan 5. doi:10.1101/cshperspect.a015370
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