Four Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon Before a Facelift
Before undergoing any plastic surgery procedure, you’ll schedule an initial consultation with your surgeon to learn more about their qualifications; what to expect before, during, and after the surgery; and then decide if you want to follow through. If you’re considering a facelift, ask the following questions during your consultation to feel more comfortable and prepared for the procedure.
What Are Your Qualifications?
Having a trusted, professional surgeon perform your facelift is an important part of achieving your desired results from the surgery. You will want to ask your plastic surgeon questions about their qualifications and experience with this particular procedure. Some of the things you should consider asking for include:
- Board certification
- Their years of experience and training with facelifts
- Continued education on plastic surgery practices
- Before-and-after photos of their facelift results
Am I a Good Candidate for a Facelift?
It is not guaranteed that you will be a good candidate for a facial procedure. An experienced surgeon should take the time to evaluate your health and decide if you are eligible for the surgery. If you are too young, have excessive sagging skin, or have other health risks that could complicate the procedure, your surgeon should tell you immediately.
What Does a Facelift Entail?
Unless you’re a healthcare professional, you probably don’t know much about the specifics of a facelift: asking your doctor basic details about the size and place of incisions can help you understand the risks of scarring and how visible they may be after the surgery. You should also know where the surgery will be performed and if your surgeon has privileges at a hospital or an accredited surgical center.
How Long Is the Recovery Period?
The recovery process for every surgery is different, and certain areas of your body require more time to recover. In addition to requesting all instructions you’ll need to follow after you’ve returned home from surgery, you should ask your surgeon about downtime. After a facelift, patients can typically return to work after 2 to 3 weeks. Your doctor should be able to answer any other questions about bruising and swelling, which should also last about three weeks.
If you’re considering plastic surgery, you’ll want to work with a plastic surgeon you can trust. Elizabeth A. Kinsley, MD is a board-certified plastic surgeon that has helped patients meet their desired aesthetic goals through the latest surgical and non-surgical treatment options in New Orleans and the Northshore. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can benefit from a facelift procedure, submit an inquiry to our office today.