How Do I Prepare for Facelift Surgery?
Once you have undergone your consultation and medical evaluation with plastic surgeon James Matas, MD and made the decision to proceed with facelift surgery, he and his staff will educate you on how to properly prepare for your procedure. While some steps can reduce risk of complications during surgery, others will aid in healing during your recovery.
After reviewing a comprehensive list of all your current prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and supplements, Dr. Matas will advise you to stop taking any blood thinning substances (aspirin, anti-inflammatories, prescription blood thinners, vitamin E, omega-3s, etc.) two weeks prior to surgery to reduce bleeding risk and complications with anesthesia. It is critical to your health and safety that you disclose all medications to our team before surgery. Dr. Matas will also explain that you must quit smoking for up to one month before your facelift
(and during your recovery) to allow your body to heal properly after surgery. The circulatory effects of smoking and all nicotine products can greatly diminish the body’s ability to heal quickly and completely.
Finally, Dr. Matas will suggest that you set up a comfortable recovery area in your home that will include the ability to elevate your head and have everything you need within reach, including all of your post-op medications. Make sure to get all of your prescriptions filled ahead of time. You may also want to recruit a friend or family member to assist you on the day of surgery and for a few days following your procedure.
As always, our friendly, knowledgeable team is available to answer any of your questions leading up to and after your surgery.