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10 Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon before a Facelift



Why does the skin show lines and wrinkles when you age? This may be due to a number of factors – sun damage, exposure to pollutants, gravitation and so on. Moreover, as you age, the production of collagen and elastin reduce. While collagen enhances firmness of the skin, elastin ensures elasticity of the skin.

As the production of the proteins decreases, your skin begins to show signs of ageing. You may avail of cosmetic products to reduce the signs on your face. However, it is often quite difficult to recover from the damages of ageing with these formulations alone.

A cosmetic procedure to tighten the facial muscles and skin may be necessary in such a circumstance. A facelift offers a useful way to get rid of the loose, sagging facial skin and restore its youthfulness. Before you make any decision about this, here are a few things you need to decide on.

  1. Is it effective? This surgical procedure ensures effective tightening of muscles and smoothening of skin. However, it is important to consult an expert surgeon before you make any decision in this regard.
  2. What type of procedure do you need? While a traditional facelift may be suitable if you have a large volume of fat and loose skin, it may not be necessary if your problem is minimal. In such cases, a minimal access cranial suspension (MACS) surgery may be all that a woman needs.
  3. Are you eligible for a surgery? Only a complete medical evaluation may make it possible for your plastic surgeon to determine this. A specific health condition that makes healing difficult may make you an unsuitable candidate for this surgery.
  4. How do you prepare for it? Your surgeon will provide a detailed list of instructions you need to follow before the surgery. This will include the skin care routine you may need to follow, the foods you may or may not eat, the beverages you may need to avoid, the habits you may need to shun and the medications you may need to stop.
  5. How much time does the surgery take? While a standard procedure may take up to 3-4 hours, a less invasive MACS procedure may only require 2-3 hours. An even lesser invasive keyhole surgery may only take 1-2 hours.
  6. Is it painful? The surgery is usually done under general anaesthesia. Therefore, you will not experience any pain during the procedure. You may feel some pain as the effects of the anaesthesia wears off. Bruising and swelling may also result from the surgery. However, these problems go away after a few days.
  7. How do you arrange post-operative care? The bandages and tubes attached to your face are removed on the day after the surgery. You may go home the next day. The surgeon provides a detailed guide about how to take care of the operated area.
  8. How much time does the recovery take? It is better to take rest for the first week after the surgery. You may return to your regular life within a week. However, it is better to avoid strenuous exercise at least for a month. You may also find it difficult to turn your head. Therefore, driving a car may become difficult.
  9. Are the scars visible? The scars that result from a conventional facelift are often more visible than the ones that result from a lesser invasive procedure. You may need to wear a hat or a scarf to hide the scars during the initial days after the surgery.
  10. How much does it cost? You need to include the cost of recovery and any additional cosmetic procedures along with the surgeon’s fees and the clinic’s charges to calculate the total costs. Keep in mind that the charges of one clinic specialising in cosmetic surgery may differ from another.

Daniel Smith is a cosmetic surgeon. He provides a quick overview of the things you need to find out before you get a cosmetic surgery in Dublin, such as a facelift to tighten muscles and skin.