Are you planning on undergoing a facelift procedure, but not sure how best to prep for your facelift?

No problem – read on to discover the four best ways to prep for your facelift surgery and recovery.

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The 4 Best Ways to Prep for Your Facelift

1. Plan for your recovery.

Your recovery is critical to achieving your best facelift results – that’s why we recommend investing in your recovery plan ahead of time.

As soon as you’ve set a date for your facelift procedure, start mapping out what you need in order to successfully recover. Book your vacation or sick time from work well in advance, so you don’t have to worry about coverage while you’re out. Additionally, arrange for family, friends, or professional caretakers to check in on you during that pivotal first week of recovery, when your movement may be most limited.

And don’t forget to have fun! Plan out what TV shows you’ll be catching up on, or grab the latest thriller you’ve been meaning to read. Either way, you’ll have the downtime, so make sure it’s time you can actually enjoy.

2. Avoid taking certain medications.

If you take blood-thinning medications or herbal supplements, talk to your doctor about temporary cessation. As facelift requires surgery, you’ll want to stop taking certain medications in order to reduce your chances of experiencing a blood clot or excessive bleeding.

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3. Stop smoking if you haven’t already.

Like with specific medications, you should refrain from all nicotine (cigarettes, gum, patches, vapes) at least four weeks before and after your facelift surgery procedure. This means smoking of all kinds, so even if you engage in recreational smoking, you should stop in order to reduce your risk of experiencing complications during surgery.

4. Mentally prepare for what’s ahead.

Facelift surgery has high patient satisfaction ratings, but the recovery process can be a bit arduous. Results won’t be instantaneous, so you should mentally prepare yourself for a few weeks of bruising, swelling, and general discomfort. 

Be sure to talk to your plastic surgeon if you have any concerns over what your facelift recovery process will look like.

I am confident again. I look in the mirror and I see me, only much younger looking. I had been unhappy with my appearance after a facelift done 5 years prior. Dr. Pittman restored my appearance, and was so much more detailed in his surgery procedures than my last surgeon. I am happy again with my appearance. Sometimes I look in the mirror, and I am actually startled at the results – in a good way!

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Want to learn what else you can do to prep for your facelift procedure? Schedule your consultation at Pittman Plastic Surgery in Athens, GA. Pittman Plastic Surgery serves the Athens metro region. (706) 549-3203