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How to Prepare for Facelift Surgery


A facelift can reverse many common signs of facial aging, including creases, wrinkles, and sagging skin. If you wish to achieve a smoother, more youthful appearance with this popular facial rejuvenation method, scheduling a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon is the first step.

When choosing the best doctor for your facelift surgery, we recommend researching the credentials, experience, and board certifications of potential plastic surgeons. When you feel confident in your decision, schedule a consultation with the physician of your choice to review the procedure in comprehensive detail and confirm that you are a good candidate for this cosmetic treatment. The initial consultation is also an excellent time to ask questions or voice any concerns you may have in regard to facelift surgery, helping to ensure you are fully comfortable with proceeding.

Once the day of your surgery is scheduled, there are a number of steps you can take to optimize your results and aid in your recovery. Our plastic surgeons at OSU recommend facelift candidates stop smoking one month before their procedure to avoid unnecessary complications with the healing process. Patients are often advised to stop taking medications such as blood thinners or non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) two weeks prior to surgery. Your plastic surgeon should provide you with a complete list of medications to avoid; however, do not stop taking any prescription medications before checking in with your primary care physician.

As the day of surgery approaches, arrangements will need to be made for a close friend or family member to drive you to and from the facility in which your facelift is performed. Someone should also be available to assist you with daily tasks for the first few days of recovery to allow you to rest comfortably during this time. You will be advised not to eat or drink anything (aside from water) beginning the midnight before your facelift, and the use of any skin care products or the application of makeup the day of surgery should be avoided so as to not interfere with treatment.

Ultimately, every individual’s preparation for facelift surgery will be unique, and your doctor should review detailed pre-operative instructions designed to prioritize your safety and achieve the best possible results at the time of your consultation. If you have any questions regarding facelift surgery, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, please contact the Ohio State University Department of Plastic Surgery today.

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