How to Prepare for Your Facelift and Beautiful New Look

One of the most frequently asked questions Dr. Griffin gets from patients considering facelift surgery is what to expect regarding the recovery.

Your recovery time will depend on the extent of your facelift surgery. Some minimally invasive facelift techniques may involve shorter recovery periods than those that target the deeper tissues in your face, such as the SMAS lift. If other surgeries including eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) or browlift surgery are done in conjunction with your facelift, your recovery may take longer than if your facelift is done as a standalone cosmetic procedure.

Everyone experiences their facelift recovery differently, but some general principles do apply.   Preparing your skin and body in the weeks and months prior to a surgical procedure like a facelift, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle afterward, can greatly increase your chances of healing quickly, healing well, and loving your results.

Dr. Griffin recommends these tips to help you prepare for your facelift:

  • Begin healthy eating and drinking now.  Healthy, hydrated skin heals quicker and better. Drink plenty of fluids and avoid sugary drinks, excessive caffeine and energy drinks.
  • Eliminate smoking and heavy alcohol intake at least three weeks before and three weeks after your surgery.  The effects of smoking and drinking alcohol can slow healing.
  • Let your doctor know all of the medications and natural supplements you are taking or have taken over the past year.  Some can dangerously interact with anesthesia and medications your plastic surgeon may administer or prescribe.  Others can thin blood and cause excessive bleeding.  Supplements like Echinacea, can contribute to allergic reactions.
  • Our office recommends taking supplements to help with swelling and bruising.  This will be discussed with you at your consult,
  • Begin and maintain a good skincare regimen.
  • If you have short hair, grow it out a few inches to help cover incisions while they heal.
  • Plan to have day-to-day chores and activities like cooking, cleaning and caring for children and pets handled for you during the week after your facelift.
  • You will have some bruising and swelling, so make sure that you have cleared your schedule and have allowed for an appropriate amount of down time for your body to heal – anywhere from 5 days to 3 weeks, depending upon the procedure being performed.
  • Think of your recovery time as “you time” – gather all of the movies that you have been wanting to watch, books you never have time to read and give yourself permission to enjoy the downtime.  You will re-emerge feeling and looking rested and refreshed.