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10 Do’s and Don’ts to Prepare for Facelift Surgery

by Dr. Daniel Lin


Prepare for Facelift Surgery

shutterstock_125254037Facelift is a major cosmetic surgery procedure requiring proper pre-operative preparation as well as planning for post-op recovery. Dr. Daniel Lin is a board certified plastic surgeon providing facelift to patients in West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar, and surrounding locations.


Don’t Smoke Before and After Surgery

Smokers have a higher risk of complications during facelift surgery, and smoking can also interferes with the post-surgery healing process. Therefore, stop smoking at least four weeks prior to the surgery, and four weeks or more after the surgery.

Don’t Take Analgesics and Herbal Medications

Analgesics, anti-inflammatories, and blood thinners such as aspirin as well as herbal medicines and Vitamin E supplements should not be taken for at least two weeks prior to the facelift surgery because they can prolong bleeding. For any other prescription drugs, the surgeon may alter schedules in consultation with the physician.

Don’t eat too much Salt

Do not eat too much salt before and after the facelift surgery. Excessive salt will increase water retention in the body and you may have more pronounced swelling following the surgery. A low salt diet will help to control swelling of the surgical site within normal limits.

Don’t Eat or Drink for Eight Hours before Surgery

As far as possible, you should not eat or drink anything for at least eight hours before the facelift surgery. This will help you to minimize the feeling of nausea and vomiting. Seek your surgeon’s advice for any specific foods to avoid in your diet.

Don’t Irritate Facial Skin

Prior to the facelift cosmetic surgery procedure, be extra careful about not irritating your facial skin. Avoid sun exposure and excessive tanning for several weeks prior to surgery. Do not use harsh facial chemicals for a few days before surgery.


Optimize Body Weight

Well before the facelift procedure, focus on maintain healthy body weight so that the weight on the facial skin flaps is lesser and the skin is more supple, which can be pulled for effectively during facelift. But do not starve or go on a crash diet, and have a stable weight before surgery.

Increase Protein Intake

A diet that is rich in lean proteins will support your post-operative recovery process after facelift surgery. Consult a nutritionist for a healthy and balanced diet plan during the recovery period.

Keep the Head in an Elevated Position

For at least three to four days following a facelift procedure, you should keep the head in an elevated position as far as possible. This will allow the wounds to heal and expedite the recovery process.

Sleep Well the Night before Surgery

Receive an amazing night’s sleep before surgery so that you are well-rested during the procedure. Wash your hair thoroughly a day before to minimize the risk of infection. Avoid alcohol the night prior to the surgery.

Arrange Transportation and After-care

Arrange for someone to drive you home after the facelift surgery. Have someone to assist you with daily activities such as cleaning and cooking for the first week of recovery.

Experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Lin receives patients from West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar, and nearby areas.


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