Candidates seeking facelift cosmetic surgery can achieve safer and more effective outcomes if they are committed to a thorough preparation prior to the procedure. Preparation should ideally begin right from the time the surgeon clears a patient for facelift after determining their candidacy.
Well-prepared patients will typically feel more confident about the facelift procedure, and approach the surgery with a positive mindset. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Amir Nasir provides facelift and various other cosmetic and reconstructive procedures to patients in New Haven, Westport, CT, and surrounding communities and cities in this Northeast section of the country.
If the patient is a smoker, they will be required to quit the habit for at least a specified period of time before the facelift plastic surgery procedure is commenced. Nicotine present in tobacco smoke can obstruct the oxygen flow in the blood and cause problems during surgery or slow down the recovery process.
The surgeon will also instruct the patient to stop using certain types of prescription or non-prescription medications, vitamins and herbal supplements for a few weeks, if required. Some patients may need dietary changes, and in general, they should take a balanced diet and increase the intake of lean proteins in the diet ahead of the surgery.
The patients should be in good general health and should not have an underlying medical condition that could increase the risk of facelift surgery. Therefore, the surgeon will examine their overall health status and review past medical records. They will also check the patient’s skin type, fat pockets, condition of facial muscles, and facial bone structure prior to making a custom surgical plan.
The surgeon will seek to understand the patient’s specific cosmetic needs and desires, and incorporate their feedback in the facelift surgery plan. The patient should be prepared to disclose relevant details about their specific lifestyle habits such as smoking or drinking, and their past and present medical and surgical issues.
Based on the discussions with the patient and the surgeon’s assessments, a customized facelift surgery plan will be created, which will determine:
- The choice of facelift surgery technique to be used
- The location and size of incisions
- The type of anesthesia or sedation
- How the wound closure will be performed
- The selection of surgical venue
- Whether the patient may require an overnight hospital stay
- Whether additional procedures such as facial or neck liposuction, neck lift, brow lift, or eyelid lift are needed
- The plan for recovery
Insurance or financing formalities will be initiated prior to the surgery. Hard working and focussed cosmetic surgeon Dr. Nasir receives patients from New Haven, Westport, CT, and nearby areas for facelift surgery.
Other Aspects of Preparation
If the patient is working, they may preferably apply for leave in advance from their workplace for about one week. Transportation and aftercare should be arranged as needed. The patient should stock up essential items at home, which may include pain medications, gauze bandage, and ice packs. Extra pillows may be kept at home so that the patient can keep the head elevated in the first few days of recovery.
Dr. Nasir is a Cosmetic Surgeon in Fairfield County serving the towns of Westport and Fairfield locally as well as surrounding communities. We also serve patients from all over Connecticut, regionally, including many from New York City, as as well as international patients.