You’ve found a well-educated, experienced board-certified facial plastic surgeon you’re interested in consulting with regarding facelift surgery. Before starting the consultation process we recommend writing down a the questions you have. It’s important to write your questions down as a lot is discussed during a consultation and the details can be overwhelming. Here are some questions to ask your facelift surgeon before surgery.
Am I a good candidate for a Facelift?
Finding out if you’re a candidate for a facelift will most likely be the first thing to address. Every single patient has different concerns and expectations. Whether you meet with Dr. Thompson or Dr. Henstrom they will examine your face and neck to determine whether or not you’re an appropriate candidate for a facelift.
Which surgical technique is best for me?
Once you and your surgeon have discussed whether or not you’re a candidate for a facelift, you’ll want to ask about the different surgical techniques and which one is best for you. At Utah Facial Plastics we offer a mini facelift (MACSlift), traditional facelift or non-surgical lift with FaceTite.
A traditional facelift is a much more comprehensive procedure than our in-office MACSlift. Our traditional facelift is done in an operating room under general anesthesia and addresses the mid-face, jowls and neck. Our MACSlift is done under local anesthesia and primarily addresses jowl laxity with less focus on the neck. FaceTite utilizes radiofrequency heat to lift and contour the lower face. No incisions are necessary and this procedure is done in-office under local anesthesia as well.
How can I expect my face to look over time?
After either a facelift or MACSlift, patients do and will continue to age. The clock has just been reset and the individual will likely never look like their true age from that point on. For example, if they’re 60 years old when they have their facelift, in ten years they will not look like other 70 year olds even though the lower face and neck has loosened to a certain extent since surgery. Facelift patients typically appear younger than those their same age after surgery and beyond.
What can be expected with recovery?
Recovery after any facelift technique will require a certain amount of downtime. During your pre-operative visit, you will receive detailed instructions on how to care for yourself following surgery. These post-operative instructions include getting plenty of rest, avoiding strenuous activity, alcohol and sun exposure. Be prepared to clean your incisions twice a day until all sutures are removed.
To ensure that you get the best possible result, it is crucial that both pre and post-operative instructions are followed diligently. Following these instructions will help with the outcome and also minimize the risk of bleeding or infection.