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woman-sitting-on-couchSomething I often explain to my patients is that no two plastic surgery procedures are ever exactly the same. The specifics of the procedure will always vary due to the individualized nature of each person’s body, as well as what they specifically hope to achieve from their surgery. Some parts of the plastic surgery experience are more universal though, and that includes how patients should prepare for their cosmetic procedure. For anyone currently considering facelift surgery, I thought this simple pre-surgery checklist would be a very helpful resource.

1.) Confirm That You Are a Good Candidate for Facelift Surgery

While facelift surgery is one of the most in-demand cosmetic procedures for both men and women who seek to rejuvenate their appearance, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is ideal for every patient. In addition to confirming that you are in good enough health to safely undergo the procedure, it’s important to consider all of your alternatives (including non-surgical injectable treatments) to confirm that a facelift is the right procedure for your needs.

2.) Choose Which Facelift Technique Is Right For You

Once you and your plastic surgeon have determined that facelift surgery is your best course of action, you will then need to consider your procedure alternatives. I perform full facelift surgery, as well as mini facelift surgery, and both offer unique benefits for patients. While the full (or traditional) facelift is able to provide fantastic results by repositioning tissue and addressing excess skin around the cheeks, jowls, and neck, the mini facelift can be incredibly helpful for people with more modest aesthetic needs.

3.) Inquire About Additional Facial Procedures

Facelift surgery pairs incredibly well with other plastic surgery procedures for the face for patients who seek more extensive facial rejuvenation. Some of the most popular facial procedures to combine with a facelift include eyelid surgery, neck lift surgery, and rhinoplasty. This approach may not be right for everyone, but it can be highly beneficial in many cases. Combining procedures can generally save on anesthesia and operating room costs.

4.) Find the Right Plastic Surgeon for Your Needs

There is no more important pre-surgery step than finding the right plastic surgeon to perform your facelift. Any candidate you consider should be board-certified as a plastic surgeon and have many years of experience performing facelift procedures. They should also be willing to show you some results from the facelift procedures they have performed. In addition to their experience and credentials, it’s essential to find a doctor who you have an easy rapport with; someone who will make you feel comfortable and informed through every step of your facelift journey.

Preparation is crucial before a facelift and I hope that this information will prove to be an asset for prospective facelift patients. For more information on breast augmentation or if you would like to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery. And follow along with us on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok for additional videos, tips, news, and so much more.