Things to Consider Before Getting a Facelift

Have you always felt that you wanted to change the way you look. This may sound funny and unrealistic to you but the truth is that a lot of people are dissatisfied with their facial appearance. Some may comment that they look too fat; other would say that they are pimply or that they have these eyebags that simply wouldn’t go away.

For some people, the way they look has gotten into extremes that somehow it has affected the way they feel about themselves. However, the irony in this is that aging is inevitable. We all grow old and wrinkled at one point in our lives.

For some people who are affected by the signs of aging on their face, facelifts may appear as one of their options. A facelift can be done alone or with nose reshaping, a forehead lift, or eyelid surgery. In this procedure, the doctor keeps you sedated while making surgical cuts above the hairline and temples and behind the earlobe and the lower scalp. The doctor then lifts the fat tissue under the skin and removes loose skin to tighten the muscles of the face. The stiches are closed and the patient is assured that repair to visible signs of aging is done.

If you are one of those people who are considering a facelift, you may want to consider a few things before jumping into the bandwagon, however. Even though a facelift has its own share of benefits, it can also expose you to some risks, which include breathing problems and allergies in response to anesthesia, bleeding, infections, hematomas, nerve damage, non-healing wounds, pain and numbness. This is why you have to be evaluated first by the doctor before you undergo such procedure. If you are not careful, you may be one of those people who have unpleasant scarring, unevenness of the face, fluid under the skin, irregular skin contour, changes in skin color and noticeable and irritating sutures as a result of facelifts.

So what are the things that you have to consider before getting a facelift? Here they are:

Suitability for a Facelift

Is facelift the right procedure for you? First of all, a facelift requires the right mindset. You should have realistic expectations about the procedure. You may smoothen out the wrinkles of your face or you may appear more youthful but this cannot repair broken hearts and damaged relationships between you and your loved ones. You should have a positive attitude first and foremost before you go on with your facelift. Remember that unrealistic expectations are one reason for disappointment and discontentment after a facelift procedure.

Another thing that makes you suitable for a facelift procedure is that you should have good health. Good health and freedom from long-term diseases will reduce risks associated with facelift surgery; plus, you will be assured of a reduced recovery time. Your scars will heal better when you do not have any long term diseases. Your doctor will do his or her evaluations on you and find out first whether you are suitable for the procedure or not. You should also not smoke weeks before the procedure so that you will heal better after the procedure. Smoking impairs blood circulation and slows down wound healing.

The Right Surgeon

You should also consider the type of doctor who will perform facelift on you. Facelift is a surgical procedure, thus the best surgeons who will be doing the procedure are either cosmetic surgeons or plastic surgeons. You should do research on your doctor. Find out whether your doctor is board certified in this field and is keeping up with continuing medical education.

You can also ask a potential surgeon for referrals among the medical community and follow-up on these referrals. Those who have undergone facelift procedures may also be your source of information as to the right the doctor and as to costs.

Your doctor should also be able to discuss with you about your suitability, your medical history, expectations, your desired outcomes, drug allergies, and alcohol or tobacco use. Your doctor will also do measurements on your face, take pictures, discuss options, devise a treatment plant and tell you how to prepare for the procedure. You should be honest and tell your surgeon about your entire medical history and lifestyle habits to avoid complications later on.

Remember that for your facelift to be more effective, your surgeon should be technically skilled. Your surgeon should also be realistic as to what he is going to do to you.

If your doctor tells you that you are not suitable for a facelift, ask him or her why. Don’t go doctor shopping until you find a doctor who can say yes. Remember that although doctors differ by their opinions, they are trained according to the same principles of medicine and are bound under oath to do no harm. If this is the case, you should look for non-surgical alternative to facelift.

Your Expectations

Your expectations from your upcoming facelift should come from your doctor’s assessment and what you want for yourself. Take time and listen to yourself and know what you really want before you undergo the procedure. If you want to undergo the procedure because your friends have underwent the procedure too, that is not a good sign. Remember that a facelift is a surgical procedure with a health benefit which is not intended for all people. As a surgical procedure, it has its own share of risks and may not be right for you.

You should expect that this surgical procedure will at first have some immediate side effects such as pain, bruising and swelling. It will take months for the final results to appear, so don’t be impatient. Take care of yourself right after the procedure and you will get the results that you want to achieve.


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