1. Attend an In-Depth Consultation with an Expert Surgeon
The first step is to have an in-depth consultation with an expert surgeon. Speaking with Dr. Schalit provides an opportunity to discuss how you would like your complexion to improve.
He will take you through your options and the kinds of results you can expect. He will also talk to you about potential adjunct treatments you might want to combine with a facelift, such as dermal fillers or blepharoplasty.
During the conversation, Dr. Schalit will help create realistic expectations about the results you can achieve with a facelift, plus the preparation and recovery involved.
2. Have a Recovery Space Ready
It takes about two to four weeks to fully recover from a facelift. Bruising remains visible for approximately fourteen days, and sometimes longer, depending on your age.
It’s critical, therefore, to have a recovery space available. You need somewhere you can stay out of sunlight and keep your head propped up to help reduce swelling. Make sure this is ready for you before you undergo surgery, as you may not be able to prepare it afterward.
3. Refrain From Smoking and Drinking
Both drinking and smoking and smoking are off-limits before a facelift. That’s because components, like nicotine, restrict blood flow and could interrupt the healing process.