How to Prepare for Facelift Surgery

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If you want to rejuvenate your facial features with a facelift, the first step is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. This time is used to identify your unique areas of concern, create a custom-tailored surgical approach that can meet your expectations, and carefully review your medical history to ensure you are a good candidate. Your surgeon may even take “before” photos as a reference so you can clearly see the improvements afterward.

Two weeks prior to the date of your facelift surgery, our plastic surgeon, Dr. Neil J. Zemmel, recommends his patients stop taking any medications or supplements that may increase the risk of bleeding. Aspirin, some anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and most blood thinners are typically restricted, along with certain herbs or vitamins such as gingko biloba and vitamin E. However, it is vital for your health that you discuss all changes in medication with your doctor beforehand. In addition, our plastic surgeon strongly urges all patients to stop smoking at least one month prior to surgery. Smoking can reduce blood flow to the face, resulting in complications at the incision sites. By carefully following these guidelines before your facelift surgery, you can help ensure a safe recovery and beautiful results.

For more information about facelift surgery, or to schedule a consultation, please contact Richmond Aesthetic Surgery.

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