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What should you expect during a facelift surgery consultation?

shutterstock 55160842 300x295 - What should you expect during a facelift surgery consultation? | Beverly Hills | Los AngelesFacelift surgery (rhytidectomy) helps mitigate the appearance of facial lines, wrinkles, and other obvious signs of aging on the face. It improves the general appearance of the face and jaw as well. The facelift procedure can help a patient counter the adverse effects of stress, time, and environmental elements.

Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes provides facelift to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and surrounding locations.


Determining Candidacy

Initially, the surgeon will evaluate the patient’s medical history, skin type, and aesthetic goals to establish whether facelift surgery is an appropriate procedure for them. It is vital for the patient to be upfront with their surgeon, especially regarding their medical history.

Some health conditions such as heart disease or autoimmune disorders may increase surgical risks. While not all underlying medical conditions will exclude the patient as a candidate for facelift surgery, it is crucial for the surgeon to be aware of these concerns so that they can take the necessary precautions.  

During the initial consultation, the surgeon may bring up the topic of smoking. The patient should be honest in disclosing their use of tobacco as this can heighten the risks associated with plastic surgery and lead to delayed healing.

Again, this lifestyle behavior will not prevent someone from being a candidate for facelift surgery, but they will need to quit smoking for a minimum of two weeks before and after the surgery.


Patient Education

Clarity on the procedure will allow the patient to make a judicious decision and feel more confident throughout the process. During the pre-operative consultation, the patient should unhesitatingly ask any questions that they may have regarding the facelift plastic surgery or the surgeon’s practice.

A dedicated surgeon will provide the patient with detailed answers and make sure that they are completely clear on all aspects of the facelift surgery.

If the surgeon recommends procedures such as a neck lift, eye lift, or brow lift, or certain nonsurgical treatments along with the facelift, they will back up their recommendations with adequate reasoning and help the patient make a well-considered decision.


Assessing Health and Facial Anatomy

The facelift surgery is an invasive procedure. For this procedure, the patient should be in good general health to be resilient enough to undergo the surgery and anesthesia. The surgeon will assess the patient’s medical records and ask questions on the existence of any underlying health conditions.

The patient should openly reveal this information to the face surgeon. Any untreated skin infections that the surgeon may detect on the face or neck area will require treatment before the surgery.  

In addition, the surgeon will evaluate the patient’s age, measurements, weight, facial fat pockets, level of skin laxity, skin type and the structure of the face and jaw. This evaluation will enable the surgeon to determine an appropriate surgical technique or a combination of facial procedures for an individual patient.


Planning the Procedure

To create a customized facelift surgery plan, the surgeon will determine:

  • The type of facelift
  • The type of anesthesia
  • The incision locations
  • How the surgeon will seal the incisions
  • Which procedures (if any) will be performed in combination with the facelift
  • The estimated recovery duration

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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