Pre-op Instructions for Facelift Patients By tmccall on November 26, 2016

A woman smilingIf you would like to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and look your very best, facial plastic surgery can help you accomplish these goals. A facelift can make you look years younger and more refreshed, boosting your confidence and potentially improving your professional life in the process.

There's a lot of emphasis placed on the results o facelift surgery, but we want to focus on what happened before the procedure is performed. As you're about to read, the pre-op instructions for facelift surgery are just as important as the post-op instructions.

Why Pre-Op Instructions Make a Difference

Healing from surgery technically begins before the first incision is even made. Preparing a patient for the surgical process and the recovery process can help prevent serious complications and reduce the severity of side effects. The result is faster healing and greater patient satisfaction.

While patients will receive more detailed pre-op instructions before surgery, this rundown will cover some of the basics that patients can expect.

Avoid Smoking and Tobacco Products

Smoking and the use of tobacco products can affect healing times and increase your risk of infection. In the weeks before your surgery, be sure to avoid tobacco products. You'll also want to avoid smoking and using tobacco products in the weeks after your surgery.

Refrain from Drinking Alcoholic Beverages

Alcohol, just like tobacco products, can increase healing times and make infection more likely. Be sure to avoid alcoholic beverages a few weeks before surgery and a few weeks after.

Avoid Taking Medications as Your Surgeon Advises

Many people require prescription medications for daily wellness. However, some medications such as blood thinners can have a negative impact on healing and recovery. If your surgeon advises you to avoid taking certain prescribed drugs, be sure to follow their instructions closely.

Run Errands and Fill Prescriptions in the Days Before Surgery

In the week before your surgery, it's a good idea to run errands that you can get done ahead of time. This includes buying groceries, doing laundry, filling prescriptions, and tidying up around the house. There are all minor things, but it will take care of a lot of busywork before surgery, and you won't have to stress about these matters as you recover.

Arrange for a Loved One to Be With You After Surgery

After your surgery, you will be in no state to operate a vehicle on your own. It's important that you have a loved one or companion with you to help you get home. In addition, it's a good idea for a loved on to be present in the first days after your surgery to help around the home and to run errands for you should that be required.

The Night Before Your Facelift

The night before your facelift, be sure to avoid eating or drinking anything if instructed by your surgeon to do so. Get a good night's rest, and relax through the day.

The Day of Your Facelift

On the day of your facelift, be sure to avoid wearing makeup, lotion, perfume, or cologne. Dress in comfortable, loose-fitting clothes, and do not wear any jewelry or accessories to the practice. The idea is to be as relaxed as possible.

Learn More About Facelift Surgery

For more information about facial plastic surgery procedures and how we can help you reduce wrinkles and look your very best, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. We will work with you to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and enhance your overall appearance.

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  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
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  • Association of Women Surgeons

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