Preparing for a facelift is an important step
Facelift can help Charlotte, NC residents look younger by reducing the appearance of signs of aging on the face and neck. When people decide to have plastic surgery, they often spend a lot of time planning for the surgery itself. But, it’s important to know what to expect prior to surgery so you have smooth surgical experience and recovery period.

First, take time to find the best surgeon
Before you have a facelift, take time to find the best surgeon for you. Be thorough when it comes to finding a surgeon and review credentials, experience, board certifications, and more. Be sure to review their before and after photo gallery to make sure you like the results they’ve given other people. This is also a good way to see if you’ll like the results on you.

Once you find a surgeon, start planning
After you’ve found a surgeon, you’ll need to schedule a consultation. During this consultation the doctor will usually perform an examination of your face to look for problem areas and test the thickness of your skin. They’ll also discuss your goals and go over any questions you have. During this time, you doctor can also advise you on the cost of surgery so you can ensure you save enough.

Next, you’ll need to save up. Per the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of a facelift in 2017 was $7,448. This cost only includes the surgery, it does not include after care, follow visits, prescriptions, and other fees that may come up. Be sure you have enough money saved to cover your surgery, and other expenses as insurance typically does not cover cosmetic procedures.

Next, it’s time to prepare for surgery. Before your facelift, your surgeon may have you do a few things to prepare. Be sure to disclose any and all medications you are taking to your doctor. He may have you stop certain ones or change certain ones prior to surgery. You should also refrain from taking some over the counter pain relievers like Advil as they can sometimes act as blood thinners. If you smoke, be sure to quite before surgery.

Last, prepare for your recovery. Part of preparing for a facelift is planning for after. Be sure you have someone who can not only take you home after surgery, but care for you for a few days or weeks as you recover. They may also need to pick up prescriptions for you afterward. Make arrangements to miss work and activities while you recover.

Charlotte’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon
Charlotte, NC residents who are planning to have a facelift should contact Dr. Sean Freeman. Dr. Freeman has focused his practice exclusively on facial plastic surgery since 1988. He has also worked to develop new techniques that give people the best results possible with as little side effects as possible. Be sure to contact his office today to schedule your consultation and see how Dr. Freeman can help you look your best.