Once you’ve chosen a qualified, expert facelift surgeon that you feel comfortable with, there are some steps that can be taken to prepare for a facelift surgery.
Upon your selection of a face lift surgical date, the facial plastic surgeon and his/her office staff should have provided you with thorough pre-operative guidelines and instructions to follow. They will have asked you to do some routine medical tests, such as blood work and a physical with your family physician, to ensure you are cleared and healthy for cosmetic surgery. There should also be a pre-operative consent-signing appointment that is booked, where the cosmetic surgeon answers any questions you may have and goes through all the details of the facelift surgery with you, including medical, surgical, financial, and photograph consents.
In advance of your facelift, your facial plastic surgeon will ask that you stop taking certain vitamins and homeopathic regimens that are considered blood-thinners and can increase your bleeding during surgery and impact how quickly you heal afterwards. Certain drugs and pain-relievers like aspirin, Advil, Motrin, and Aleve may also need to be stopped for the same reasons. If you are a smoker, stopping this habit 6 weeks before surgery would be ideal. Smoking can increase complications, inhibit good wound healing, and can affect scarring.
Good hydration habits before and after surgery are also important for a speedy and safe recovery.
The best place to have a facelift surgery is in an approved cosmetic surgical facility (not a hospital). This is because the staff are specifically skilled and adept at plastic surgery cases and are specially selected as such. In a hospital, staffing depends on whoever is working shifts that day and may not be the best suited for your facelift surgery. In Ontario, out-of-hospital premises need to be an approved Level 3 facility with routine inspections and assessments. Dr. Torgerson’s private surgical facility has always passed these inspections and exceeded expectations. To prepare for your facelift surgery, you need to arrange for a family member or friend to drive you home from the surgery centre after your surgery and recovery, staying with you for the first 24-48 hours.
In terms of preparation for your recovery, you should stock up your pantry and fridge with lots of healthy food choices and soft foods, as those will be your go-to choices for the first few days following surgery. Plan where you will spend most of your time relaxing during recovery and have lots of pillows available to rest with and prop you up. Choosing items to wear in advance can also be helpful – clothing that buttons up and opens in the front is ideal, rather than shirts you have to pull over your head. Slip-on shoes are also the best. Arrange for someone to help you with housework and heavy lifting, as you should avoid strenuous motions, movement, and exercise that could open up a stitch during the first few weeks of recovery. Lastly, if you colour your hair, you should do it just before the facelift or mini-lift surgery, as you will have to wait approximately 4 weeks following facelift surgery to dye your hair.