5 Things to Consider Before Your Facelift

If you’ve noticed the skin around your chin, neck, or cheeks beginning to sag, it’s normal to look at your options. The facelift is the gold standard in facial rejuvenation because it can tighten the skin and eliminate sunken, sagging areas for a more youthful, refreshed look. Choosing to undergo a facelift is a big decision, so here are five things you should consider as you schedule your consultation.

1. Why You Are Getting a Facelift?

Before you explore your options with a facelift, it’s essential to ask yourself why you’re doing it. Some of the right reasons for getting a facelift are tightening any sagging skin, solving aging issues, eliminating creases, and lifting areas like the low- and mid-face. It’s important to note that this procedure will not make you look different, but it will give you a renewed and rejuvenated look. The facelift can simply create a more youthful version of yourself, not a different person.

2. Do Your Qualify For a Facelift?

Before you opt for a facelift, you’ll need to ensure you’re in good health. For instance, if you have diabetes or high blood pressure, this procedure is not for you. This is because, due to medical conditions, you might be at higher risk of severe complications with surgery. You should also avoid aspirin, blood thinners, or tobacco products if you want to undergo this procedure. It’s also important to understand your cosmetic concerns since people with greater skin elasticity tend to experience better results. On the other hand, for people who have sun-damaged, lax, or excess skin, you may need to explore other options.

3. Available Procedures and Expected Results

Dr. Wendell Perry combines his surgical expertise with modern techniques to give you quality results. In some cases, the facelift can be a minimally invasive procedure that takes a few hours. However, there are many other options for facial rejuvenation that can be combined with your facelift, like skincare treatments, laser treatments, and injectables.

4. Recovery Period and Aftercare

Facelift recovery can take around two weeks before you can begin to get back to your normal schedule. Full recovery, however, can take around three months. You’ll receive detailed aftercare instructions to follow, including instructions on how to manage pain, medication dosages, and how to care for your incisions. It’s important to follow these exactly in order to prevent complications. If you have any concerns, Dr. Perry and our team will be available to answer any questions.

5. Potential Side Effects

Any surgical procedure has potential side effects and risks, including the facelift. Some of the risks include the following.

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Bruising
  • Loss of hair
  • Scarring
  • Numbness
  • Hematoma

Dr. Perry will make sure you understand the risks and the best ways to mitigate them. For most patients, the facelift is a very safe and effective procedure.

Schedule a Consultation

The best way to learn more about the facelift and how you can benefit is by meeting with our board certified plastic surgeon. To get started, we invite you to contact our Miramar office by calling or filling out our online form.