Ten Important Tips to Prepare for a Facelift Procedure
Men and women alike often turn to a surgical procedure known as a facelift, or a rhytidectomy, to reverse the signs of aging. Facelifts offer amazing results by removing any excess fat and skin and then tightening up the muscles underneath! If you are considering a facelift, you’ll want to do what you can to prepare for it, which in return gets you optimal results. Check out these ten helpful hints that will help make the whole experience as easy and painless as possible.
1. Always tell the doctor about any medications you take
Your medical history is important, even for something relatively simple like a facelift. Always tell your doctor what medications you are taking, whether they are over-the-counter, prescription, or herbal. You’ll also want to be prepared to talk about any medical issues you may have or had in the past.
2. Don’t be afraid to voice questions and concerns
It is important to do as much research on your own before you head to the plastic surgeon’s office. However, you may still want to ask questions once you get there. Don’t hesitate to ask about your surgeon’s credentials and whether or not their facility is accredited. You’ll also want to see before and after pictures of other patients.
3. Take a good look around
When you are in the office for a consultation, carefully consider the following questions: Does the office look clean? Is the staff friendly to you? Do you feel good about your decision? Make sure to listen to your gut feeling regarding the office, staff, and doctor.
4. You’ll likely need a down payment
You’ll likely need to put down some money when you decide to move forward with the procedure. You may also be given the option of financing from the office. At Gilpin Facial Plastics, we are upfront and transparent with our pricing. You can always feel free to contact our Patient Coordinator with any financing questions.
5. Talk about your hopes and expectations
Your surgeon should always talk to you about the benefits and risks of a facelift. They will probably ask why you want to undergo the surgery. Be honest and upfront about what you are hoping to achieve from the procedure.
Our office is committed to getting you optimal results, which means preparing you for recovery expectations and addressing any potential concerns you may have.
6. Be prepared to talk about complementary procedures along with a facelift
During your consultation, Dr. Gilpin will perform a comprehensive examination and will give surgical recommendations tailored for you. In addition to a facelift, you may also benefit from an eyelid lift, facial fat transfer, or other complementary procedures. At Gilpin Facial Plastics, we want to be sure to provide all the options to help you look and feel your best.
7. Follow your instructions closely
When surgery is near, make sure to follow the instructions your surgeon gives you closely. For instance, you may not be allowed to take aspirin for a few weeks leading up to the procedure, as it is a blood thinner.
8. Be prepared for surgery
Make plans to have your hair colored as close to surgery as possible, as you will need to wait 6 weeks after surgery to get any color. Your surgeon will also likely tell you not to eat after midnight the night before the surgery, a very important safety precaution.
9. Don’t forget to ask for help from loved ones
You will need to have a responsible adult drive you home and take care of you for the first 48 hours. Make sure that you have someone ready to go with you.
10. Stock your house prior to the surgery
You’ll want certain things in your home during your recovery. Have button-up shirts that do not have to be put on over your face and head. Use bobby pins or clips to keep the hair away from your sutures. Consider purchasing a baby shampoo for your hair so that you don’t irritate your sutures.
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Ready to schedule your consultation? Dr. Gilpin is known for his patient care and outstanding results for his patients in the Nashville, TN area. As one of his specialties, we know you’ll love your facelift results. Give us a call or fill out our online form to start your journey today!