Face Lift

How to Prepare Yourself

Now that you have decided on a surgeon for your facial rejuvenation procedure or procedures, you probably have lots of questions about how to best prepare for the surgery and what to expect during your recovery.

You have come to the right place. We start by briefing you on your anesthesia options. We will tell you everything you need to know about the different types of anesthesia used for your facial rejuvenation procedure, and the risks attached to them. We also provide an extensive list of medications and supplements that you should avoid before your surgery. Your surgeon should provide you with such a list, too. Our list is not a substitute for medical advice. If you are not sure if something you are taking is safe, always ask your surgeon.

Cost is likely an important factor in your decision to undergo facial plastic surgery. We break down the average facial plastic surgery costs for some popular procedures. If you are toying with the idea of getting more than one procedure, it may make financial sense to do them at the same time. This way, you will only have to pay one facility and one anesthesia fee. But doubling or even tripling up on procedures can also increase risks, so weigh your options carefully and discuss the risks and benefits with a surgeon before undergoing multiple procedures.

In this section, we also talk about preparing for surgery, including what you need to buy and do before your surgery as well as how to prepare your home so you can recover as comfortably as possible. A little forethought goes a long way, and we give you the blueprint. We also supplement this article with a print-and-click preoperative shopping list. Don't leave home without it!

This section is also home to an article on how to prepare emotionally for your surgery and the recovery process, including a checklist of some common postsurgical emotions.

We will talk you through what to expect during your recovery and help you prepare for any bumps in the road, and we also offer some tips on herbal preparations like Arnica Montana and Bromelain which may help lower your risk of bruising and swelling. Use this as a guide, and make sure to follow your doctor's advice.

We wish you good luck and a speedy recovery!

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    Yael Halaas, MD, FACS

    60 E. 56th Street
    3rd Floor
    New York, NY 10022
    (332) 239-6439

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    Mune Gowda, MD

    3270 West Big Beaver
    Suite 415
    Troy, MI 48084

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    Sean Maguire, MD

    Physician's Center for Beauty
    24 Chenoweth Lane
    Louisville, KY 40207
    (866) 774-9105