What To Ask Before Your Facelift

Despite reassurances that signs of aging are natural, seeing lines, wrinkles and sagging skin on your face can be frustrating and disheartening. If you are struggling to find your self-confidence because of concerns like these, you may be ready to pursue a cosmetic treatment in the hopes of turning back the clock. If you think that a facelift might be right for you, you should seek the guidance of an experienced plastic surgeon in your area — you can learn more about the surgery and what you can expect from your results by talking to your surgeon and asking these important questions.

Questions About Your Surgeon

The first thing you should do before you decide on a facelift is to decide on a plastic surgeon. Choosing the right provider usually makes the biggest difference in your experience and your results — you want to make sure that you feel safe and comfortable with your surgeon, and that their style of communication works with yours. You can think of your first appointment with your surgeon as an interview — you can ask them any questions that may help you understand whether they are the best person for the job. If you are not fully confident in your surgeon’s abilities, you can feel free to schedule meetings with other surgeons until you find the right one.

  • Are you board-certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons?
  • Are you board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  • Are you a member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons?
  • Are you a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons?
  • What is your experience with facial plastic surgery in particular?
  • How many years have you been performing facelift surgeries?
  • Approximately how many facelift surgeries do you perform on a yearly basis?
  • What is the rate of surgery complications at your practice?

Preliminary Questions

Your next step is to talk to your surgeon about facelifts in general and to find out if it is really the right procedure for you. These days, there are so many different ways you can accomplish a more youthful appearance; the effectiveness of these treatments will depend on your age, your health and the particular concerns that you want to treat. Your surgeon will be able to help you learn about all of the options available to you; during an in-person consultation appointment, they will evaluate your skin and your needs and offer suggestions for surgical or non-surgical ways to treat them. Some questions to ask during this stage of your facelift journey include:

  • Is a facelift the right procedure for me?
  • What kind of results can I expect from a facelift as opposed to other treatments?
  • What are some options that might have similar results?
  • What are the pros and cons of each of these treatments?

Questions About The Procedure

A facelift will never be exactly the same at two different surgical practices. Every experienced surgeon has developed their own techniques and recommendations throughout their years of performing facelift surgeries. Plus, every client has their own specific needs, and their procedure will be tailored to their goals and concerns. To fully understand your particular procedure, you should be sure to ask your surgeon about what to expect. 

  • What is your preferred technique, and does it make sense for me?
  • What is your recommended technique for my goals?
  • What will this approach achieve for me?
  • Will I need general anesthesia?
  • How long will the procedure last?

Questions About Your Recovery

Just like your procedure, your recovery process will depend on the particulars of your surgeon’s techniques and your body’s natural healing abilities. If you take time to understand your recovery process before your surgery, you can prepare your home and make sure that you are safe and comfortable after your procedure. Talk to your surgeon about their requirements and recommendations — they will likely have some specific instructions for you, but you can also ask for specific tips and tricks that they have learned over the years. Some important questions might be:

  • How long should I plan to take away from work or daily responsibilities?
  • What should I do if I am responsible for pets or children?
  • When can I resume more strenuous activities like working out?
  • How can I minimize scarring?
  • How do you recommend that I manage post-op pain or discomfort?

If you are interested in facelift surgery in El Paso, Texas, schedule a consultation with the expert surgeons at the Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Centers. Dr. Jabor and Dr. Reynolds offer years of experience performing facial plastic surgeries and can ensure your best results with clear communication and dedication to your comfort and satisfaction. To learn more about our services, call us today to make your first appointment. Contact our Westside center at 915-543-5600 or our Eastside center at 915-855-7800.

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