How Can I Prepare for My Upcoming Facelift?

Are you ready for a fresh, new face? A facelift can transform your appearance by tightening skin, lifting tissues, eliminating sagging, and restoring a youthful appearance. The change is dramatic but, since it is a surgical procedure, you will have a bit of downtime after the procedure. This guide will help you prepare for your upcoming facelift. A little advanced preparation can make your recovery period much more pleasant.

Give Yourself Time

You will need a recovery period after your facelift. Before your surgery, schedule some time off. Most patients opt for about two weeks off from work, although you may feel up to returning sooner. Give yourself plenty of time to heal so you can recover without the stress of having to get back to work. Schedule more downtime than you think you’ll need; you can always return to work sooner if you’re feeling up to it.

Arrange for Someone to Help

After your surgery, you’ll need someone to pick you up, take you home, and stay with you for at least the first 24 hours. Choose a trustworthy person who will be sensitive to your needs. You need to rest right after surgery. If you live alone, you may want to have this person check in on you for the first week or two after surgery. Many people aren’t comfortable running to the store or doing other errands during the initial days of their recovery. Having someone to pick up medications and help with basic household needs until you’re back to normal will be a huge help.

Fill Your Prescriptions

You’ll likely be instructed to take some medications (possibly pain medications or antibiotics) post-surgery. You’ll typically receive scripts for these prescriptions before your surgery, so you can start taking them as soon as you get home. If possible, it is a good idea to fill these prescriptions before you come in for your facelift. This gives your pharmacy time to order your medication if they don’t have it in stock, and it saves you from having to go to the pharmacy post-surgery.

Stock the Fridge

Take care of your grocery shopping for at least a week before your facelift. Stock up on foods that are not only easy to prepare but also easy to eat. Some people feel nauseous right after surgery, so have some tummy-friendly options like mild crackers on hand. Many patients enjoy meal replacement drinks during the first few days. Staying hydrated is a must, so stock up on water, juices, and other favorite drinks.

Get a Hat, Scarf, and Sunglasses Ready

Many patients find that a hat, scarf, and big sunglasses can help them feel more presentable during their initial trips out after a facelift. Covering up is also good for limiting sun exposure, which minimizes scarring. Too much sun too soon can lead to lasting scars and slow the recovery process.

If you’re thinking about a facelift, call and schedule your consultation today.