December 3, 2014
A facelift continues to be one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed today. The surgical treatment effectively lifts and tightens sagging facial skin while smoothing away fine lines and deeper creases. Many options are available for facelifts today, allowing surgeons to tailor the procedure to the unique needs of the patient. If you are considering this plastic surgery, there are some important questions to ask your surgeon before you schedule your procedure.
Am I a good candidate for a facelift?
The best candidates for a facelift are in relatively good health, with some elasticity remaining in the skin. Best results are often seen with patients in their 40s or 50s, although that can vary somewhat from patient to patient. Moderate signs of aging should be the primary concern, since early signs can often be reversed with less invasive options. A qualified surgeon will discuss all of these factors with you, as well as collect a complete medical history to ensure your procedure is both safe and successful.
What type of facelift procedure do you recommend?
Surgeons that are experienced in performing facelifts usually have a number of different techniques they might use to achieve results specifically desired by the patient. The full facelift is the most invasive option, but also the procedure that can achieve the widest range of positive results. A mini facelift may be recommended to address a smaller collection of concerns, leaving less scarring and resulting in less downtime.
Do you have before and after photos I can look at?
The ability to study before and after photos of the surgeon’s previous patients serves a dual purpose. First, it allows you to see the doctor’s work firsthand and serves as a type of resume when you are in the selection process for a surgeon. Second, these photos can provide a realistic idea of what you can expect from your own facelift procedure, which is an important factor in ensuring your satisfaction with your surgery.
What will the recovery be like?
Recovery from a facelift can take anywhere from a number of days to a number of weeks, depending on the specific procedure performed. No matter how long your recovery might be, you want to know your surgeon and staff will be available to provide support and education throughout the process. It is also important to choose a surgeon that offers detailed pre- and post-operative instructions to ensure the recovery goes smoothly and your results meet your expectations.
A facelift is a surgical procedure that requires skill and experience to achieve the best possible result. Choosing a qualified surgeon is the first step in ensuring a safe and successful procedure. To learn more about your options in facelifts, contact Kovanda Plastic Surgery at 855-337-4367 to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Kovanda.