Dr Jonas is a double board certified plastic surgeon and has been performing facelifts for over 15 years. Here are some of our most common questions asked about facelifts:
What is a consultant appointment like?
Our consultation should review your health history and discuss your expectations for surgery. We will talk about every detail of your specific procedure and I encourage you to ask questions. I will examine and take measurements or your face. At the initial consultation we may take photos. We will discuss treatment options and types of anesthesia used during the procedure.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons have created a checklist of questions you can print out and I am more than happy to review them.
How do I know if I am a good candidate for this procedure?
The best way to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for plastic surgery is to come in and talk to us about it.
What should I do to prepare for this procedure?
We will provide you with a timeline that is specific to your procedure, but as a rule of thumb:
3 weeks before -
Stop smoking and drinking and cut back on any foods containing salicylates, since this affects your blood and can cause excessive bruising.
2 weeks before -
Some of your medications may need adjusting during this time
1 week before -
Reduce sodium intake, get all post procedure prescriptions filled, stock your kitchen with healthy foods
What should I wear to the procedure?
Wear something comfortable that is easy to get in and out of. We will provide you with something to wear during the procedure.
What should I do with my hair before, during, after procedure? Are there hair products to avoid?
Do not color or perm your hair immediately before a facelift. We suggest at least one week before the procedure, if not earlier. The night before your face life we will ask you to shampoo your hair and apply conditioner. Wash your face with Betadine™ soap for three full minutes.
Do I need someone to drive me to and from the appointment?
Will I be awake during procedure?
How long does the procedure take?
Time will depend upon the extent of the procedure. For some patients, mini-facelifts can be done in under two hours. Standard facelifts usually take three to four hours and may take up to six when combined with eyelid or brow surgery.
How long is typical recovery time? What will recovery be like?
Though “recovery” – i.e., the amount of time it will take for you to get back to a relatively normal routine after your facelift – is about two weeks, the time it takes for all of the residual swelling, bruising and changes in skin sensation to resolve themselves is a full year.
We will discuss during your appointments what to expect during recovery, but it is important to take it easy during the first seven days of recovery. We also recommend you have a caretaker with you for the first 24 hours after your surgery. Any extra fatigue/nausea you experience during the week post facelift will likely be due to your pain medication rather than the procedure itself. Though your swelling/bruising should peak at three or four days post op, odds are you’ll feel good enough to get up and move around the house as early as one or two days past surgery.
When will I see results?
Two to three weeks after surgery is when some patients begin to see results, although you should expect swelling or tightness. This is normal and will improve with time. It could take several months for scars to heal and fade.
What skin care do you recommend for afterwards? What makeup? (or is there one to avoid?)
Makeup can help to camouflage residual bruising and discoloration, but it’s important to wait until your skin is ready for it after a procedure. We suggest you get rid of any old makeup. Consider products that are specifically made to aid facelift patients, including products like The Big Coverup Kit or Cover Creme by Dermablend.
How long will results last?
A lift lasts between five and ten years, with seven years being the average. By then some of the changes of aging will have returned.