Questions to Ask Your Facelift Surgeon

If you’re considering rejuvenating your look with facelift surgery, you likely have many questions regarding the procedure. Dr. David Sayah is a respected plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills with years of experience performing a range of surgical and non-surgical procedures, including facelift. Here, he shares five important questions to ask your potential surgeon during your initial consultation.

Are You Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?

When it comes to choosing your plastic surgeon, board certification is a non-negotiable. Plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery have completed at least three years of general surgery training and two years of plastic surgery training. Board certification also ensures the surgeon has passed rigorous examinations of his or her plastic surgery knowledge.

What Does the Procedure Entail?

Because each patient’s concerns, goals and facial anatomy are unique, each facelift procedure is different. Traditional facelift surgery involves lifting and tightening loose skin on the face and neck and excising any excess skin. If necessary, your plastic surgeon may redistribute fat and muscle to restore a balanced and youthful appearance to the face. Depending on your goals, your plastic surgeon may recommend combining facelift with another facial rejuvenation procedure such as eyelid surgery or forehead lift. Dr. Sayah will go over your personalized treatment plan in detail with you prior to your surgery.

What Are the Potential Risks of Facelift Surgery?

Although facelift complications are rare when the procedure is performed by a trained and skilled plastic surgeon, it’s important to be aware of all potential risks. Possible complications from facelift include infection, excessive bleeding, nerve damage and tissue death. Your plastic surgeon should go over these risks in detail with you during your initial consultation.

How Long Is the Recovery Period?

One of the biggest mistakes you can make during your recovery is to resume normal activities before your body has sufficiently healed. Rest is essential for the beauty and longevity of your facelift results. Be prepared to take at least one to two weeks off from work, socializing and other normal activities. Your plastic surgeon can give you a more detailed recovery time frame based on your medical history and other personal factors.

How Do I Maintain My Results?

The results from facelift surgery have the potential to last 10 years or more, depending on a few factors. Unprotected sun exposure and smoking can both take an unsightly toll on the skin, regardless of whether you have undergone facelift surgery or not. To prolong your rejuvenated appearance, Dr. Sayah recommends scheduling laser skin resurfacing treatments regularly. Laser skin resurfacing help remove dead skin cells on the top layers of the skin, making way for newer, healthier layers of skin. Non-invasive injectable treatments like Botox or dermal fillers can also help enhance facelift results by minimizing wrinkles and lines.

To learn more about facelift surgery, please contact Dr. Sayah’s Beverly Hills plastic surgery practice at (310) 905-8405.


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