How Can I Best Prepare For A Facelift?

gallery-procedure-01Are you thinking about a facelift? This surgical procedure can help you to look 8-10 years younger with lasting results. Many of our potential facelift patients are excited for their results, but quite nervous about the procedure and recovery. Learn what to expect so you can better prepare and make the most of your facelift recovery. Knowledge is one of your greatest tools in preparing for your procedure.

The Facelift Procedure

Turn back the clock on your appearance. A facelift rejuvenates the lower portion of the face and restores a more youthful appearance. It is often paired with a browlift, fat transfer, liposuction, and/or eyelid surgery for full face rejuvenation. We’ll discuss your options with you during your consultation and recommend any complementary procedures you should consider. A facelift can be performed on patients in their 30s and well into the 80s.

A facelift is performed using local anesthesia and sedation. This speeds recovery and can help make the facelift experience safer and more pleasant. In his book, Why Less Is More, Dr. Slupchynskyj explains, “In a Traditional Facelift procedure, patients receive General Anesthesia, either intravenously or through inhalation. Since General Anesthesia can paralyze the muscles responsible for breathing, the patient requires assistance breathing and receives an intubation tube down his/her throat that delivers oxygen to the lungs. The patient is unconscious and requires strict monitoring by the surgeon, the anesthesiologist and the surgical support staff to make sure that he or she does not suffer any ill effects during surgery. Patients can suffer from breathing problems, aspiration (vomit in the lungs), low blood pressure, changes in cardiovascular pulmonary function, and other problems while under General Anesthesia. Patients are also at higher risk for deep vein thrombosis, which can be life threatening. General anesthesia also typically requires more intravenous fluid that can have negative effects on the cardiopulmonary system and increase post-operative swelling (edema).”

During the procedure, incisions are made in precise locations. The placement of your incisions will vary depending on the extent of your facelift and the techniques employed by Dr. Slupchynskyj. He often uses a special incision known as a pre-auricular incision. This incision is smaller than a traditional facelift incision, speeding recovery and resulting in less noticeable scarring. Dr. Slupchynskyj uses these incisions to tighten muscles, reposition tissues, remove excess skin and fat, and rejuvenate the face. His own unique mini-facelift technique, the SLUPlift allows for stunning results with shorter incisions, a shorter recovery period, and without general anesthesia.

Facelift Recovery

After your facelift, you’ll wrapped in bandaging and sent home to recover. Most SLUPlift patients experience an initial recovery of 5-10 days, after which they can return to many activities. Full recovery can take up to a year.

3 Ways You Can Prepare Today

Discover a younger looking you. Here are three things you can do to prepare for your facelift today.

  • Choose the Right Surgeon– Avoid the need for future revision surgeries by choosing the right surgeon for your initial facelift. Dr. Slupchynskyj is well known for his natural looking facelift results.
  • Schedule a Consultation– Do you have questions about your facelift? Are you ready to learn more? Schedule your consultation and take the first step toward rejuvenation.
  • Write Down Questions– Many facelift patients have questions. Start a list and bring it with you to your consultation. We want you to make an informed decision about your procedure.

Call and schedule your consultation today.