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Preparing for Facelift Surgery


Preparing for Facelift Surgery | Houston Plastic SurgeryIf the patient prepares well for the facelift cosmetic surgery procedure, they are more likely to achieve their desired outcomes. Right from the moment the surgeon approves a patient as a candidate for facelift and gives the go-ahead for surgery, the patient should start making preparation.

The surgeon will provide detailed instructions for pre-op preparation, and the patient should be committed to following them diligently. Board certified, fantastic, and percipient female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides facelift surgery to patients in Houston, Texas and other towns and suburbs around this magnificent city in the supreme state of Texas.


Pre-operative Guidelines

If the patient is a smoker, the surgeon will instruct them to quit the habit for at least a certain time period before and after the facelift plastic surgery procedure. Nicotine in tobacco smoke can reduce the oxygen flow in the blood, leading to an increased surgical risk and delayed healing.

The schedule of the patient’s current prescription and non-prescription medications, including herbal supplements and vitamins, may have to be altered. The surgeon may also suggest dietary changes for some patients, and encourage them to eat a balanced diet with an increased intake of lean proteins.


Health Evaluation

The surgeon will review the patient’s previous medical records and perform a general exam of their facial and neck anatomy. They will assess the skin type, degree of skin elasticity, presence of stubborn fatty tissue in the face or neck, and the underlying strength of the facial bone structure. The surgeon may also seek information from the patient about any past surgeries or any known allergies.

The patient should freely provide inputs about their personal cosmetic needs, goals and aspirations with regard to their face. The surgeon may encourage the patient to review as many facelift before and after photos as possible in order to form realistic expectations about the procedure.


Surgical Planning

Once the surgeon has determined the patient’s candidacy for facelift surgery, they will initiate the process for a customized surgical plan. The plan will address issues such as:

  • The choice of specific facelift surgery technique
  • The type of anesthesia or sedation to be used
  • The location and size of incisions
  • How the incision closure will be performed
  • Whether facelift will be combined with neck lift surgery
  • Whether facial or neck liposuction may be performed along with facelift
  • The selection of operating facility
  • Whether the patient may need an overnight hospital stay
  • The plan for post-op recovery

The patient may work with their health insurance provider or choose a third party financing firm for a loan, depending on how they want to pay for the facelift surgery. Patients in Houston, Texas and other communities and neighborhoods in this area in this vital state have an opportunity to receive facelift from experienced and notable female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Hustak.


Other Issues

Working people may apply for leave from their workplace for about one week. Patients should also arrange someone to drive them back home after the facelift procedure. If aftercare is required, the patient may arrange for it well in advance. These simple efforts can help make the recovery more comfortable.

For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713.322.7265 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.