6 Tips to Prepare for a Facelift6 Tips to Prepare for a Facelift

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the facelift is one of the top five most popular cosmetic surgical procedures for the last year.

Moreover, the popularity of the facelift keeps increasing from one year to the next. More than 123,000 people received a facelift procedure in the last year alone.

However, what many people still don't know is that the success of any facelift procedure begins well before the date of your surgery. In other words, the preparation you do in advance can help your body heal faster and ensure you love the results of your facelift.

Tip 1. Clarify your vision for your facelift procedure.

As WebMD points out, the success of your facelift procedure starts with your own clear vision and how clearly you can explain what you want to your chosen plastic surgeon.

It is important to show, not just tell, your vision to your surgeon. Use pictures, whether of unknown persons or celebrities or your own pictures from earlier in life.

When you get very, very clear and specific about the results you are looking for, you have a much better chance of getting those exact results!

Tip 2. Follow your surgeon's pre-procedure instructions to the letter.

The next key step you must take to make sure your facelift is a resounding success is to follow your surgeon's preparation instructions precisely.

As Medical News Today highlights, this includes giving a wholly accurate accounting of your past medical and surgical history, any medications or supplements you may be taking, habits that may interfere with the success of the procedure (like smoking) and similar disclosures.

You also need to be fully committed to the preparations you must make, whether that means fasting, giving up smoking or drinking temporarily, stopping certain medications that may interfere with blood clotting or anesthesia and similar instructions.

Failure to follow your surgeon's instructions can result in a failed facelift procedure.

Tip 3. Rearrange your post-procedure life to allow for the fastest healing.

There is no doubt that having a facelift is a very visible procedure, at least at first.

Depending on what type of facelift you are having, this may mean staying out of the public eye and restricting your normal daily activities for a period of time ranging from a few days to a few weeks.

As Mayo Clinic highlights, there is also a medical reason to restrict your activities and focus on rest and healing.

If you add back too much activity too soon, you risk complications from hematoma, ruptured sutures, infection, uneven healing, scarring and even worse.

Tip 4. Have reasonable expectations for your outcome.

UCSF Health points out that it is very important to develop your own reasonable expectations for the results of your facelift procedure.

A facelift is not designed to erase all signs of aging but rather to ease them.

And if you have a more extensive procedure, it can also take several months to see the full impact of your facelift. It often takes longer for the interior swelling to go down in your tissues and it is important to be patient.

Tip 5. Follow a very healthy lifestyle.

While it nearly goes without saying that a healthy lifestyle will deliver the maximum results for your facelift procedure, this is something far too many patients can still take for granted.

Getting enough sleep, staying well hydrated, managing stress, avoiding unhealthy foods and lifestyle habits will give your body its best possible chance of healing.

Tip 6. Achieve your goal weight before your facelift.

Speaking of weight loss, the final tip is to make sure you have already achieved your weight loss goals before you have a facelift.

With these six tips in hand, you can prepare for a wonderful outcome to your facelift procedure.