Facelifts have been carried out for decades. The popular procedure is known to make patients look up to 10 years younger. However, while it may be one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries, there are things you should know before you go under the knife.
Here, you will learn the key factors to consider when you prepare for a facelift. This will help to give you a good idea of what to expect.
What is a facelift and how does it work?
A facelift is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure that aims to tighten up the skin around the neck and face, helping to combat the signs of aging. It is particularly effective at eliminating and reducing wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin.
The lower part of the face is typically targeted the most during a facelift treatment. This includes the mouth, cheeks and jawline. The procedure can be carried out in numerous ways, though an incision is typically made along the hairline.
It will eliminate excess skin and fat, alongside tightening up the underlying muscles and tissue. Stitches or skin adhesives will be used to close the incisions once the procedure has been carried out.
What to expect from the recovery
You will usually be able to go home on the same day as the procedure. For the first few days after a traditional facelift, you will likely experience some discomfort. There will be dressings to protect the face that need to be left on until your check-up, normally a week after.
It takes around two weeks to fully recover from the procedure, when you can return to some light daily activities.
Due to where the incisions are made, you shouldn’t notice any scarring once it has healed. However, the amount of scarring present will vary from patient to patient.
Choose an experienced surgeon
If you want to make sure that you prepare for a facelift as well as possible, there are some things you can do prior to the procedure. Ensuring you choose a reliable and experienced surgeon is the first thing you should do.
Mr Horlock is a highly skilled Consultant Plastic Surgeon with many years of experience in both reconstructive work and cosmetic surgery. He performs the full range of facial cosmetic surgery procedures, including facelifts and brow lifts, as well as a number of facial rejuvenating procedures.
Prepare for the recovery
As the recovery is quite lengthy, you should also look to do things around the home to make it easier. Clearing a space and making sure you don’t have to do much of anything after the surgery is recommended. You should also consider things such as meal prepping and having somebody there to look after pets and children if needed.
It goes without saying that you should also follow the aftercare instructions. This will ensure you experience best results while also remaining as comfortable as possible throughout the recovery period.
If you are considering undergoing a traditional facelift, book a consultation with Mr Horlock today. You can tell him your wishes and expectations, and he will discuss with you the different treatment options.