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Face Lifts: Top Questions Answered

Your Questions about Face Lifts Answered

As a facial plastic surgeon, I talk with patients that are considering a face lift all the time.  Many of them have similar concerns and questions, so here are answers to the 7 most common questions patients ask about face lifts.

Is Now the Best Time for Me?

When is a “good” or “best” time to get a face lift?

The answer:  it varies!  Visible signs of aging will be different for each person because our skin, health, lifestyles, and genes are different.  Typically though patients begin to consider a face lift when they are 40 to 70 years of age.  Forty is definitely on the young side, and often times other facial procedures can be done to create a more youthful appearance before a face lift is necessary.

Here are a few indicators that suggest a face lift might be a good option for you.

  • Skin Elasticity – A good candidate has skin that retains some of its natural flexibility and suppleness.
  • Strong Bone Structure – a well defined underlying bone structure provides support and contributes to optimal results.
  • Realistic Expectations – this is where your consultation with your surgeon is very important to discuss your particular circumstances and considerations.  Expect your surgeon to explain what the face lift procedure can accomplish, but also the limitations of face lifts.
  • Good Overall Health –  a good candidate is generally healthy.  It is important to tell your surgeon of any medical conditions, if you are a smoker, and your prescriptions. Face lifts are an invasive procedure and require significant healing and recovery.
  • Loose Skin on the Face or Neck – Face lift candidates generally desire to remove or tighten excess, sagging skin from the face and neck area.

How Do People Choose a Plastic Surgeon for Face Lifts?

After deciding that you are interested in a face lift, choosing your surgeon will be your next most important task.   Read our complete blog on Choosing  A Facial Plastic Surgeon for a detailed list of considerations.  Here are a few key factors:

  • Choose a Plastic Surgeon that is a Facial Specialist.  This is your face.  Trust it to someone that has extensive training and experience in the structure and intricacies of the face.
  • Investigate your surgeon’s experience, number of procedures completed, and results.
  • Select a surgeon that utilizes a credentialed surgical facility.
  • Read our blog on making the most of your Consultation to evaluate and select the best facial plastic surgeon for your face lift.

What Are Important Health Considerations to Discuss Before My Facial Plastic Surgery?

Honesty is Not Only the Best Policy – It’s Critical

During your facial plastic surgery consultation be forthright and honest about your medical history, past surgeries, current drug or narcotic use, if you smoke, recent or planned weight loss, vitamins you’re taking, and any other medical concerns.  These all affect your healthcare, the surgical plan, even potential outcomes of your facial plastic surgery. This is not the time to keep secrets.

Of course, your surgeon and the medical staff will make every effort to minimize discomfort and facilitate your recovery. But be realistic and know that every surgery has discomfort, risks, and recovery time.

What Face Lift Procedure Is Best for Me?

There are different types of face lifts. Your circumstances, aging, and desired outcomes plays a big role in determining which is the best face lift for you. Your facial plastic surgeon is an expert in this area.  Go to your consultation with an open mind. Have a candid discussion regarding realistic outcomes and options best suited to your unique circumstances.  What worked best for your friend or the movie star in the magazine, may not be best for you.  For greater details on specific procedures visit our website.

Preparing for Face Lifts

Use our detailed list of how to prepare for your plastic surgery.  It discusses everything from your mental preparation, weight loss ahead of the surgery, vitamins, smoking, and getting the house ready as well as what to have on hand after your face lift.

How Soon Can I Be Back to Normal?

1 – 2 Weeks After Your Procedure

In the second week any residual swelling and bruising will start fading away. At the one week mark, most patients are quite presentable and can
manage any persistent bruising, swelling, and incision redness with make-up and hair styling.

You need to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activity for two weeks.  After two weeks, you can return to a normal routine.  Avoid rapid head motion from side to side for 4-6 weeks to allow the neck tissues to firmly heal.

Of course, it is important for you to closely follow your surgeon’s instructions given for your specific circumstances.

How Long Do Face Lifts Last?

Each patient is different.  We each have different skin color, tones, and lifestyles.  Each of these are factors in how long you can expect your face lift results to last. Longevity of results range from 2- 15 years. In most cases a more general length of maintaining improved results would be 5-10 years.   A long term follow up study published in 2014 found that after an average of 12.6 years that almost 69% of face lift patients rated their current degree of improvement as very good or beyond expectations.  An equal number of patients felt that 10 or more years had been added to their youthful appearance.

The most important recommendations are that you have a realistic expectation of potential results for you; you are selective in choosing an experienced facial specialist for your face lift procedure, and that you closely follow your doctor’s instructions regarding surgery preparation and healing.

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Facial Plastic Surgery Consultation:  Making the Most of Yours

Are you considering facial plastic surgery? Facial plastic surgery is more common now than ever. In 2017 there were 1,790,832 plastic surgery procedures undertaken in the United States.  Thirty-one per cent of those were facial plastic surgery procedures.  You probably talked with trusted family and friends, did some research online, and are ready schedule Facial Plastic Surgery Consultation appointments with the surgeons you are considering.

The Consultation Appointment is a powerful tool in selecting your surgeon.  A Consultation helps set clear expectations.   Patients that take the time to make the most of their consultation and educate themselves, and prepare for all aspects of the procedure, have higher post-operative satisfaction levels.

 Dr. Robert Woods, of Woods Facial Plastic Surgery, has  20+ years of experience.  As a specialist providing facial plastic surgery and other head and neck surgical care, he offers expert advice on making the most of your facial plastic surgery consultation.

Determine Your Personal ‘Why’ Before Your Plastic Surgery Consultation

Ask yourself:  Why am I choosing to have this plastic surgery procedure now?

There is no right or wrong answer to the ‘Why’ question. It is important that you are honest with yourself.  This answer more than likely predicts how satisfied you will feel with your results later on.  If you are choosing plastic surgery as a quick fix response to a major life event, such as a divorce, or a break up, or maybe even to please someone else in your life, you might be setting yourself up for frustration later.

The best reason for electing to undergo a facial plastic surgery procedure is to feel good about your appearance and increase your self-confidence.  Having grounded reasons for your surgery increases your post-surgery happiness with the results.  Facial plastic surgery is a very personal decision. Be sure you are doing it for the best reasons.

Mirror Time Before Your Consultation

Here is your homework: before your facial plastic surgery consultation look in the mirror and evaluate your facial features. This is called Mirror Time or the ‘Mirror Test’.

Look at your face with a fresh perspective.  Consider your face from a structural viewpoint.

  • List your favorite features
  • Which features are your least favorite?
  • What would you like to change?
  • Describe the results you expect from your facial plastic surgery.

As you think about your idea of a ‘best result’, ask:  will that change complement my face?  Is this change realistically achievable?

During this exercise, focus on the possible feature changes you would like that are best suited to your unique facial composition and bone structure.  That ‘perfect nose’, for example, on your favorite movie start may look great on her or him, but it would look out of place on you.

Write down your thoughts and bring them to your facial plastic surgery consultation. These notes provide the surgeon with a good idea of your likes and dislikes.  Discuss with your surgeon whether these outcomes are realistic and possible. Your surgeon should provide an expert and honest opinion as to how they will suit your features. The surgeon should make the best, most realistic recommendations to create the result you desire, not tell you only what you want to hear.

Honesty is the Best Policy

During your facial plastic surgery consultation be forthright and honest about your medical history, past surgeries, current drug or narcotic use, if you smoke, recent or planned weight loss, vitamins you’re taking, and any other medical concerns.  These all affect your healthcare, the surgical plan, even potential outcomes of your facial plastic surgery. This is not the time to keep secrets.

Questions for Your Surgeon During Your Facial Plastic Surgery Consultation

Making a detailed list of questions prior to the consultation helps ease any anxieties you might have. Also, a written list ensures that you won’t forget key questions, and it keeps you on track to thoroughly discuss each point with each prospective surgeon.

9 Questions You Should Ask the Surgeon:

  1. How long have you been doing this?
  2. What surgical approach do you think would work best for me given my circumstances and desired outcomes?
  3. How many of these procedures have you performed?
  4. Do you have before and after pictures of your work?
  5. Describe possible bad results from this procedure?
  6. Suggest what I should do before surgery to help optimize my aesthetic results after the procedure?
  7. What can I expect during the procedure?
  8. Tell me about the recovery period.
  9. Are there lifestyle changes I should make for after my surgery?

Listen & Have an Open Mind

Selecting a facial specialist for your facial plastic surgeon means you are working with a surgeon that has received many additional years of specialized training in head and neck surgery, and that they have received extensive training and experience dedicated solely to facial plastic surgery.

Facial Plastic Surgeons are the experts. During your facial plastic surgery consultation, listen and keep an open mind to suggestions given by the doctor. Your surgeon might have a surgical strategy different from what you expected.  The key to a good patient-doctor relationship and to patient satisfaction with surgical outcomes results from the patient having a clear understanding of the procedure, risks, the recovery process, and realistic expectations.

As mentioned earlier, it’s important to disclose your medical history with your surgeon. This includes, all previous surgeries or injuries (especially any previous facial surgeries and injuries), all current and past medications, and any other lifestyle practices that might influence your health. Disclosing this information with your doctor is important to achieve a safe and successful procedure.  

Some Things to Remember

Be Realistic About Your Surgery

Keep in mind, facial plastic procedures are surgeries. Bluntly stated, facial plastic surgery is a “No pain. No gain.” undertaking. Of course, your surgeon and the medical staff will make every effort to minimize discomfort and facilitate your recovery. But be realistic and know that every surgery has discomfort, risks, and recovery time.

Optimizing Your Unique Beauty

Everyone is unique and that is what creates beauty. There is no one exactly like you. Each patient is unique, thus each surgical circumstance and the outcome is unique to that individual.  Avoid the pitfall and expectation that your surgery will have the same results as your friend’s similar surgery. Additionally, remember that what you see in the magazines and on T.V. is not reality. Reality is real people presenting their best selves on a day to day basis without the benefits of hair and make up crews and photoshop.

Choose Your Surgeon Based on Experience and Results

The purpose of a Facial Plastic Surgery Consultation is to help you choose the most qualified and experienced surgeon that is best suited for you and your procedure. Don’t fall victim to the flash of excellent medical marketing.  And, know that the most expensive surgeon doesn’t necessarily mean you will get the best quality results.

Use these tips to select an experienced facial expert, one who is candid about realistic best outcomes for you. Prepare and keep an open mind.

With this approach, you and your facial plastic surgeon can successfully achieve the best results possible.  It all starts with your facial plastic surgery consultation.

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Plastic Surgery Planning Tips

Plastic Surgery Planning Tips

There are many important considerations in planning your facial plastic surgery.  The following plastic surgery planning tips will help you decide on the best time of year, timing, preparation and recovery considerations for your surgery plans.

When Is the Best Time of Year for Your Facial Plastic Surgery?

When is the best time of year for your facial plastic surgery procedures: eye lift, brow lift, neck lift, nose re-shaping, or a face lift?  That decision is as personal and unique as each beautiful face.  There is no “one perfect time of year fits all” answer, but there are seasonal trends in face lifts.  Across the United States, plastic surgeries increase in the fall and again after the winter holidays.  For most parts of the country, summer is filled with an outdoor lifestyle and socializing. Things quiet down for a while and then the winter holiday social season begins.  Fall and winter holidays also provide additional time off from work due to holidays. This helps to minimize time away from a job for surgery and recovery.

Arizona Seasonal Trends

Facial plastic surgery seasonal trends are the opposite in Arizona vs the rest of the country, as seen from a Scottsdale based facial plastic surgery practice. Summers in the southwestern U.S. are hot. Many people leave town for the dog days of summer in July and August. For those that decide to stay in town, it is a very quiet time with many people away for the summer.  Those still around stay indoors to avoid the high temperatures.   The mild Arizona winter climate creates a busy winter social season and is the most comfortable time to enjoy Arizona’s active, outdoor lifestyle.

Summer proves to be good time to schedule a facial plastic surgery procedure in the southwest.  After a summer procedure, patients can enjoy quiet time recuperating in the air conditioned indoors without feeling that they are missing much. Specifically, recovery from facial plastic surgery and laser resurfacing requires staying out of the sun and in cooler temperatures for approximately six weeks.  It is typically too hot to be outdoors much in Arizona during the summer, so this creates the perfect time to relax indoors and recover.

Arizona Social Season & Surgery Planning

The prime social season in Arizona is September through March. Winter visitors begin returning, and major events are scheduled in these cooler, yet still pleasant temperatures. They include the Phoenix Open Golf Tournament, the Arabian Horse Show, baseball’s Spring Training, charity events and parties, to list a few. The beautiful outdoor lifestyle of Arizona is in full swing in the fall, winter and early spring. For this reason, many Arizona clients elect to have their facial plastic surgery procedure in the summer.  Patients are healed and rejuvenated by the time the fall and winter social season ramps up.

Concierge Surgery Services

We also see some winter visitors taking advantage of a visit to Arizona to schedule a “concierge” facial plastic surgery procedure. Their procedure is performed safely by a board accredited surgeon specializing in their procedure, in an accredited surgical facility, after which they return to a local resort for their recovery. The Concierge Service provided by their surgical practice provides trained attendants to monitor their recovery and assist with special needs. This service allows patients to undergo their procedure safely and comfortably away from nosy family and friends.  After the appropriate recovery period, they are able to enjoy their getaway and their new appearance.

Are You thinking of Scheduling Facial Plastic Surgery before a Special Occasion?

Many people want to complete their facial plastic surgery procedure in preparation for a special event, such as a reunion, a wedding or other important occasion. They want to look their best and feel confident and enjoy improved self-esteem.  There are important considerations to factor into the timeline for your procedure in order to look your best and feel fully recovered for a specific event.  Most importantly, speak with your surgeon to ensure you have a clear understanding of the following:

  • Ideal preparation time and considerations prior to the surgery
  • The recovery and associated limitations immediately after the surgery
  • The anticipated time for swelling to diminish and scars and wounds to heal
  • The time for your body to recuperate post-surgery

Preparing for Your Surgery

Your health should be at its best prior to your surgery for the best outcomes and recovery.  Consider these steps in preparation for your  procedure.

  • Complete any planned weight loss and dieting before surgery for best results. Weight loss can change the laxity of the skin. It is best to reach your ideal weight prior to facial surgery.
  • Are you a smoker? Smoking reduces blood flow to the skin and can impede the skin’s ability to recover optimally. Smoking should be discontinued for two months prior to surgery.
  • Make a healthy diet and lifestyle a priority. Both contribute to healthier skin and improved blood flow…this means improved recovery and results.

Will You Tell or Keep Your Facial Plastic Surgery A Secret?

Patients choose facial plastic surgery to look younger, rejuvenated, and have a balanced, appealing facial appearance.  They want to look as good on the outside as they feel on the inside.  Will you share openly your plastic surgery?  Some patients are very open, and others wish to keep it private.  Below are tips on deflecting attention away from the primary reason for your new look after surgery:

  • Complete your weight loss and exercise plan prior to surgery
  • Get a new hair style and/or color
  • A change of make up, even slight adjustments or updates, can have an impact
  • Add a new style element to your usual look

Not only will these factors add to the fabulous new appearance you will be enjoying, but they will distract people’s attention from the real reason for your new, rejuvenated look.

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