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Preparing for Facelift Surgery

by Dr. Daniel Lin

Preparing for Facelift Surgery |  Pasadena Plastic Surgery | ArcadiaOnce an individual’s candidacy for facelift cosmetic surgery has been determined by a surgeon, their preparation for the procedure ideally begin from the same day. Thoroughly prepared patients will be more confident about the surgery, and will usually achieve better outcomes and have an easier recovery.

Detailed guidance for preparation will be provided by the facelift surgeon during the pre-operative consultation. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Lin provides facelift to patients in West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar, and surrounding other communities and cities in this part of the nation across the landscape.


Instructions for Preparation

Patients who smoke will be required to refrain from smoking for at least a few weeks before the facelift surgery. Tobacco smoke contains nicotine, which can hinder the flow of oxygen in the blood. This can increase the patient’s risk during the surgery and also delay the healing process.

The patient will be required to list down all the prescription and non-prescription drugs, including herbal supplements and vitamins, which they may be currently taking. The surgeon may stop or alter the schedule of some of the medications in consultation with the prescribing physician.

As part of the preparation, the patient should have a balanced diet and increase the intake of lean proteins in the diet. They should also follow a regular exercise regimen in the weeks preceding the facelift cosmetic surgery. Good fitness levels will make it easier to sustain the procedure and recover faster.


Health Evaluation

The surgeon will examine the patient’s general health condition, and assess their amount of skin laxity in the face and neck area. Skin type, facial fat pockets, condition of underlying facial muscles, and the strength of the facial bone structure will also be checked. The surgeon will review the patient’s medical records and ask questions about their current health.

The surgeon will also like to know about the patient’s specific cosmetic goals with regard to their facial appearance. The patient should be prepared to share all relevant facts in a transparent manner with the surgeon so that appropriate preparatory steps can be taken.


Customized Facelift Surgery Plan

The surgeon will create a customized facelift surgery plan to meet the patient’s personal cosmetic requirements in the best possible manner. The plan will determine:

  • The type of facelift surgery technique to be used

  • The choice of anesthesia

  • Size and location of incisions

  • How the incisions will be closed

  • The selection of surgical venue

  • The estimated duration of surgery

  • Whether additional surgeries such as neck lift, cheek implants, eyelid lift or brow lift may be required

  • Whether an overnight hospital stay may be necessary

  • Plan for recovery

To prepare well in advance, the patient should also arrange for someone responsible who can drive them back home after the surgery. If necessary, they should also arrange for aftercare for a few days. Accomplished 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 for facelift surgery.

Click here to learn more about all the plastic surgery procedures and treatments cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Lin performs for patients in and around Pasadena, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, West Covina, Inland Empire, and San Gabriel Valley. Call today to schedule a consultation 626.810.6165 or click here.

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