Upon arrival on the day of surgery, a patient will be greeted by an administrator or surgical coordinator and directed to the care of the nurses. The patient will check in and complete some routine paperwork and change into a surgical gown. The presiding anaesthesiologist will also greet the patient and go over some mandatory pre-anaesthesia questions and information. The facial plastic surgeon should take facial photos before the surgery for documentation purposes. He or she will also mark your skin as a guide to where the incisions will occur.
You will receive medication to maintain your comfort throughout the facelift procedure. Often general anaesthesia is used, and an anaesthetist will be present the entire time to carefully monitor and administer the sedatives and anaesthetic.
A properly equipped and safe surgical facility will have various monitors and surgical equipment present to check your pulse, blood pressure, oxygen levels, and heart rate throughout the surgery. Your facial plastic surgeon will use the surgical plan discussed and agreed upon during your consultations and employ various techniques to ensure you achieve the best facelift results.
After the surgery is complete, you will be taken into a recovery area with recovery beds. Nurses will closely monitor your progress and stabilization. Any incisions will be covered with a head dressing and bandage that will provide gentle pressure to help diminish swelling and bruising. Sometimes a small tube may be used to help drain any excess fluid or blood. This is normal.