Your Facelift Timeline
If you are generally in good health and want to look as happy and young on the outside as you feel on the inside, you may be a good candidate for a facelift. But first, you need to understand that for all the money you invest in it, you need to devote just as much time preparing and recovering from surgery. For optimal results, your lifestyle will have to include maintenance of your health in addition to a sense of well-being.
1 to 3 Months Before Your Facelift
Get your skin in good shape. This may mean a course of a topical retinoid to thin the skin, facial treatments like microdermabrasion or limited chemical peels and definitely no sun. You must stop smoking a minimum of three weeks before and after surgery.
2 to 4 Weeks Before Your Facelift
You will need medical clearance from your primary physician and blood work to assess your health and uncover any possible underlying conditions that could compromise recovery.
1 to 2 Weeks Before Your Facelift
Avoid taking anti-inflammatories, aspirin and certain herbs and vitamins, which can increase bleeding and put you at risk. In addition, your doctor may prescribe some medications or supplements. You will visit your plastic surgeon for preoperative photographs and to sign informed consent documents within two weeks prior to surgery. These documents spell out the procedure you will have, what to expect, instructions you need to follow and all the possible risks you face. If you color hair, do it now—you will have to wait another four weeks otherwise. Purchase any camouflage cosmetics prior to surgery, so that you have them ready to use.
The Day Before Surgery
Eat well, but only mild food. Avoid anything spicy, rich or greasy. Pack a bag, and be sure to include comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that you don’t need to pull over your head, and a hat or scarf to wear on the ay home. Wash your hair well and don’t apply any styling products.