If you’ve recently decided to get a facelift, chances are you’ve been thinking about it for some time. You know that it’s a serious decision, and you’ve spent a lot of time weighing the potential risks with the benefits. Now that you’ve made the decision to go ahead and do it, you’re probably feeling eager to get it done as soon as possible, but you’ll have to call on your patience. Every step in the process should be treated with as much care as your initial decision.
The first and most critical step in the process is finding a surgeon. You’ll want to make sure that your doctor is board certified and keeping up with ongoing education, and you’ll also want to make sure that they make you feel comfortable. You’re going to need to be able to talk openly back and forth with your surgeon, and if you don’t feel that you can communicate with him or her, than you should continue searching.
Do you have any family or friends who have had a facelift? Ask them if they were happy with their doctors and if they can give you a referral. If you don’t know anyone else who’s had the surgery you’re looking to get, then get yourself online and look at plastic surgery message boards. You can find out about the experiences people in your area have had and get some ideas of surgeons to check out.
If you’ve found a doctor you feel comfortable with, it’s time to look into his or her previous work. Most surgeons can refer you to former facelift patients who won’t mind sharing their experience with you. In this way you’ll be able to get a look at what kind of results the doctor provides, and to hear if patients were happy with how the doctor took them through the procedure. Going into you’re surgery, you’re going to want to have a lot of confidence in your doctor, and speaking to former patients is so much more informative than looking at pictures in a book.
Once you’ve found a surgeon it’s important to be totally honest with them during your initial consultation. They’ll need to know about any health problems you’ve had in order to make sure you’re a good candidate. Deciding to get the procedure is an emotional process, and it’s understandable that you’ll be eager to have it done, but a facelift is a major surgery, and your safety should always come first. On that note, once everything is all set, you’ll want to keep yourself in excellent health. The healthier you are, the easier your recovery period will be.
The decision to have cosmetic surgery is serious and personal. If approached correctly, you can end up with increased confidence and energy with which to face the world, but there are risks. It’s worth taking the time to ensure the continuance of your good health and to make sure that you get the best possible results for your money.