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How to Prepare for a Facelift

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No matter what plastic surgery you’re getting done, there are preparations you need to follow in order for your body to heal and recover well. We want to ensure you get everything you want out of your surgery, and that includes proper healing and results. If you’re thinking about getting a facelift in the near future, or you’re just starting your research and you’re still deciding on which type of facelift to get, you’re in the right place! Follow this 6 weeks out timeline to learn how you’ll need to prepare for your facelift. 

6 Weeks out

About 6 weeks out from your surgery we want to make sure your body starts getting in tip-top shape. We’re going to start with a big one, if you smoke, you need to stop before your surgery. Smoking reduces your blood flow, affects your circulation, and it also slows your healing. We want you healing as quickly as possible to show off your new beautiful face! 

This is a simple one, keep hydrated and eat healthly! Make sure you’re getting those 8 glasses of water each day. Water has so many valuable assets for the human body. Staying hydrated helps to prevent infection, helps to nourish your cells, and keeps your organs functioning at peak performance. 

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Not only can eating healthy help to promote a healthy lifestyle and help to lose weight, but it can also make sure your cells and organs are getting the nutrients they need to heal better. Making healthier food decisions can also help your heart health making you even stronger for surgery. Make sure to include large amounts of os protein into your diet. Protein is a basic building block for healing cells. Pro-tip: Become a lover of pineapple! Try to introduce it into your diet at each meal. Pineapple is full of bromelain which helps to decrease bruising and swelling.  

2 Weeks Out

This is the time you should be speaking to your family or friends and making sure you have someone you know and trust who can drive you to and from your facelift appointment. It would also help if they’re able to stay with you for a couple of days to help you go to the bathroom, tend to your head wrappings, help you prepare some food, or just be a comfort when you’re going through some discomfort. When receiving a facelift you will have swelling, bruising, and tenderness where the incisions were made. However, having someone there when you need them will help you to stay put to rest and heal. 

Speaking of being at home, you should try to stay immobile or fairly immobile for a few days. So make sure you have everything you need so you don’t need to make trips to the store. Ice, Ice, baby - it’s a fun song, and it’s also going to help to lessen your swelling and bruising and your overall discomfort. Make sure you have plenty of ice packs stocked in the freezer.  

If you’re on blood thinners, you’re going to consult with your doctor about stopping your medication. 

Two days before surgery  

Begin taking Arnika to help minimize any bleeding and swelling.  You will take the tablets (or capsules) each day leading up to the surgery and continue for 1-2 weeks after the surgery.

The Eve of your Surgery

This is when you’re going to be prepping your sleeping space while you’re recovering from your plastic surgery. Make sure you have access to a TV to keep you entertained. It would be helpful if the bathroom was close by as well. To minimize swelling, it is recommended that you sleep almost sitting up. A recliner is helpful to keep this position, but stacking pillows will also do the trick. 

Your doctor will give you strict instructions you need to follow the night before the surgery so make sure to follow those to a T. If you’re interested in getting a facelift and want to learn more about the ins and outs of it,  it’s time to contact Beverly Fischer, MD and the experienced and compassionate team at The Advanced Center for Plastic Surgery at 410-308-4700 or online to schedule a consultation and learn more.

Dr. Beverly Fischer

Dr. Beverly A. Fischer, a leading female surgeon with over 20 years' experience, believes plastic surgery makes a profound difference in people’s lives.

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