If you’ve decided to get a facelift surgery in Dallas, you probably have a ton of questions about what you might need to do to select the right facelift surgeon for you and prepare for your surgery. Read on as we help guide you on how to prepare for your facelift surgery.
• Select the Right Doctor for You.
One of the most important things that you can do in preparing for facelift surgery in Dallas is selecting the right doctor. You want a doctor that you have good chemistry with, and more importantly, a doctor that is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery. As you are interviewing doctors during consultations, ask them several questions about their experience, including where they went to school and performed their internship and residency, why they got into the field of plastic surgery and what awards or recognitions they have. During your consultations, your doctor will examine your face to determine your skin elasticity and bone structure, to ensure you are a good candidate for facelift surgery. You will also discuss the specific procedures your doctor will be performing on your face, discuss your expectations for facelift surgery and get an idea of realistic results. Remember, when it comes to selecting a facelift surgeon, you are in charge.
• Quit Smoking.
Most facelift surgeons will recommend that you quit smoking at least 2 weeks before your facelift surgery and 2 weeks after, as smoking alters blood flow, and may negatively impact your healing process. But, for many other health reasons, it’s best if you quit smoking altogether. If you need help quitting smoking, ask your facelift surgeon for help getting into a smoking cessation program.
• Discuss Your Medical History with Your Facelift Surgeon.
Facelift surgery can be an intense procedure, and it’s important that you discuss your full medical history with your facelift surgeon before moving forward with your facelift. Your facelift surgeon may recommend some changes based on your medical history. For example, if you are prone to high blood pressure, he or she may prescribe you blood pressure medication before surgery.
• Stop Taking Certain Medications.
Certain medications, such as aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements, may increase your risk of bleeding during and after your facelift surgery. If you take any of these drugs or supplements on a daily basis, your Dallas facelift surgeon will recommend you stop taking them at least 2 weeks prior and 2 weeks after your facelift surgery.
• Wash Your Hair.
To avoid infection, you’ll likely be instructed to wash your hair the night before and the morning of your facelift surgery.
• Avoid Eating.
Because you’ll be receiving anesthesia for your facelift surgery, it’s important that you don’t eat anything after midnight the night before your surgery. You should also avoid consuming any alcohol for 48 hours before your facelift surgery.
• Arrange for Transportation and Aftercare.
Because you’ll be receiving general anesthesia for your facelift surgery, you will be staying overnight at our facility. It is also best to arrange for someone to pick you up and drive you home after your surgery, and that you have someone stay with you during the first 1 or 2 critical days of recovery.
Now that you’re prepared for facelift surgery, what are you waiting for? Call Dr. Bassichis in his Dallas office at (972) 774-1777 to schedule a facelift consultation today.