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How should you prepare for facelift surgery?

shutterstock 14932441 273x300 - How should you prepare for facelift surgery? | Beverly Hills | Los AngelesIf the patient prepares for facelift surgery beforehand, they can achieve optimal outcomes. Facelift surgery preparations initiate from the moment the cosmetic surgeon establishes a patient’s candidacy for facelift surgery and approves them for the procedure.

The patient should follow the surgeon’s pre-operative guidelines in a dedicated manner for safe and predictable results. Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes provides facelift to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and surrounding communities.


Temporary Restrictions

If the patient uses tobacco, they will need to discontinue its use for a specific duration. Nicotine impedes proper blood flow causing an increase in surgical risks and delayed healing.

If the patient uses blood thinners such as aspirin or NSAIDs or certain herbal supplements and vitamin E, they may need to discontinue using them for some time. On top of this, the surgeon may also change the schedule of prescription drugs in discussion with the prescribing doctor.


Practical Arrangements

Working professionals should budget for one to two weeks of leave from their workplace to heal from the surgery. Patients who are non-working will also need to postpone any social engagement for at least one or two weeks after the facelift surgery.

The patient should also ask a responsible person to drive them back home after their facelift surgery as well as arrange aftercare for the first few days of the recovery period if required.

The patient should try to complete any urgent home or work-related work in advance of the surgery to enjoy a stress-free recovery period. Some patients also create a recovery kit at home comprising the following items:

  • Prescription drugs and antibiotics
  • Over the counter pain medications
  • Bandages
  • Ice packs
  • Loose, comfortable, and front-open clothes
  • Extra pillows to keep the head raised


The Day Before the Surgery

On the day before the facelift surgery, the patient should wash their hair thoroughly to reduce the risk of infection. In addition, they should avoid drinking alcohol for at least 48 hours prior to the surgery. The patient should also take plenty of rest and get a good night’s sleep on the night before the procedure.


The Day of Surgery

Diabetic patients should have their vital parameters checked on the morning of the facelift procedure. The surgeon may decide to put the patient on a regimen of antibiotics prior to the surgery.

The patient and their attendant should plan to spend the full day at the surgical venue. The procedure itself may take around two hours. Subsequently, the patient will be under observation in the recovery area for a few additional hours.

The surgeon’s team will provide the patient and their attendant with detailed post-op recovery instructions before they return home.


Arranging in Advance for Aftercare

Patients may consider arranging aftercare for the first few days of the recovery phase, especially if they have small children. Obtaining help with routine household chores in the initial few days can make the recovery period more comfortable for the patient.

This is just about thinking ahead. This means the process is better from beginning to end for any patient. This is not the time to wrestle with your dog in the backyard or attempt to play shortstop for your church’s softball team, for example.

To enjoy a comfortable recovery phase, the patient should complete any urgent tasks beforehand. Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and nearby areas for facelift.

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Double Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes, please contact us at (800) 859-7509. Offices in Los Angeles and Bakersfield, CA. 

Serving Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Orange County and surrounding areas of California.

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