In order to evaluate your suitability for the procedure, and to make a professional and educated decision regarding your facelift, I will carefully consider your:
- Shape of the face
- Skin condition
Together we will asses your facial features in a mirror and with photographs taken during your consultation.
During my examination, I will examine your face for loss of deeper soft tissue, skin excess/laxity and assess the tightness of the underlying muscles. Be frank discussing your expectations. I will describe the different options available and the risks and limitations of each.
It is important for you to stop smoking well in advance of surgery if you are a smoker (smoking decreases blood flow to the skin and therefore affect the healing process). You will also be advised to avoid certain medications which can increase bleeding prior to surgery. Clinic staff will provide you with any additional pre-op instructions specific for your case. Note that enjoying a healthy eating and exercise regime before and after surgery will result in optimum results. To hide scars, it is advisable that you grow your hair before the procedure.
I encourage my patients to bring photographs from their past. My ultimate challenge is to restore your natural youthful face and not to change your facial features dramatically.
Post-consultation, you need to take into account the reality of the procedure, it’s cost, and the required recovery time.
Additionally, you’re encouraged to ask as many questions as you can and conduct your own research on the topic of rhytidectomy surgery before setting a date for the procedure.