You may have noticed that your cheeks and chin are drooping, or you have a distinct laugh line even when not making an expression. If these changes affect your self-confidence, you may consider Scarsdale facial plastic surgery, including a facelift. Although a facelift is common and often quite successful, it is not a small commitment. That is why there are various things you should consider before deciding to alter your face permanently. Below are important questions to ask yourself and your plastic surgeon if you consider a facelift.
Why I’m I having a facelift?
Before considering a facelift, it is best to have the right reasons. A facelift will rejuvenate and renew your appearance but won’t make you look like a different person. Having realistic expectations going into surgery is essential to avoid any disappointments.
A facelift is a great procedure for removing deep creases, tightening excess skin, and lifting the corners of your mouth. These changes are a natural aging consequence, mainly due to a decline in collagen and elastin production. After a facelift, your skin may look tauter and younger than your actual age.
I’m I a good candidate for a facelift?
A facelift is a major surgical procedure, meaning not everyone may be suitable for it. Being in good health when choosing to undergo a facelift is essential. Your surgeon may advise against this procedure if you have serious medical issues such as diabetes and high blood pressure. These conditions elevate your risk of complications, including infection, and jeopardize surgery outcomes. For this reason, initial consultation with your surgeon is essential to establish your eligibility for a facelift. During a discussion with your specialist, you will get to know how you can prepare for the procedure. For example, you must avoid aspirin, blood thinners, and tobacco products before surgery.
Genetics and your skin’s state also contribute to a facelift’s outcome. Individuals with relatively good skin and bone structure are more likely to see a noticeable improvement after surgery. However, the procedure may be less successful if you have sun-damaged skin, extra skin from weight loss, skin that’s lost its elasticity, or a weak chin.
What are the potential side effects?
Like any other major surgical process, a facelift poses various health risks, including bleeding, infection, bruising, scarring, numbness, hematoma, skin necrosis, and hair loss around the incision site. The good news is you can minimize the risk of these side effects by working with a skilled plastic surgeon.
What should I expect after a facelift?
You should take a few weeks off work or school to heal since a facelift requires some downtime. It is normal to experience painful swelling, bruising, and discomfort after surgery, but your doctor may prescribe medications to mitigate these. You will also have a bandage around your face to limit the chances of bruising and excessive swelling. Most people resume moderate activity after a few weeks, but complete healing takes about three months.
If you are considering getting a facelift, consult your plastic surgeon at Robert M. Schwarcz, MD.