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Frequently asked questions about a facelift

If you are considering undergoing a facelift, we understand that many questions may arise about the procedure, the results and the recovery process. For this reason, Blooming Plastic Surgery has posted a frequently asked questions section about a facelift on our website. We encourage you to review these questions before scheduling a consultation with us. This will help you better understand the procedure and ask targeted questions during your appointment with us. Our mission is to ensure that you receive the best possible care and that you feel comfortable with your decision to undergo a facelift. Please feel free to contact us if you have further questions or would like more information about this treatment.

In this section, you can find answers to common questions about a facelift:

During the first consultation, the plastic surgeon will inform you in detail about the treatment, preparation and aftercare. The surgeon will also advise you which medication you may need to stop taking temporarily. In any case it is important that you stop taking any blood thinning medication two weeks before the operation. This includes aspirin.

After a facelift, it is best to lie your head a little higher while sleeping. Use an extra pillow or raise the head of the bed a little. We also recommend that you sleep on your back as much as possible during the first week. That way there will be no pressure on your face.

The duration of treatment depends on the type of facelift you undergo. For example, a general facelift takes several hours, where there are procedures that take only 30 minutes. The plastic surgeon will inform you in detail about the treatment during the consultation.

A general facelift is a good option when your face is visibly aged. Consider a deep nasolabial fold, sagging jawline or drooping cheeks that lean on the nasolabial fold. With a general facelift, the plastic surgeon treats the entire face: from the hairline to the neck. With a MACS lift, the cheeks, jawline and upper part of the neck are lifted. This treatment is suitable for people whose jawline is no longer tight, causing hamster cheeks. A mini facelift (also called an S-lift) is suitable in cases of moderate skin aging. Only some skin is removed, after which the surgeon reattaches the wound. During an initial consultation, the plastic surgeon discusses all possible treatments in detail with you and assesses which treatment is best in your situation.

In the past, facelifts were performed with a horizontal pull direction. The result was an unnaturally tight face. Also, the skin was often pulled as tight as possible in order to enjoy the results longer. Today we know that our skin has the property of stretching when under tension. Therefore, today we lift both the subcutaneous connective tissue and the dermal tissue in cases of severe skin aging. By also lifting the subcutaneous connective tissue, we restore support and the tension is much more nuanced. As a result, the result is much more natural.

For a smaller procedure such as an S-lift, local anesthesia is often sufficient. Maar ook deze behandeling kunnen wij onder algehele narcose uitvoeren. Bij de plaatselijke verdoving krijgt u een rustgevend middeltje toegediend, waardoor u niet alles meekrijgt van de ingreep. Larger facelifts are performed under general anesthesia by default because of their long duration.

During the facelift, you are partially or fully sedated and therefore you will experience almost no pain during the procedure. With local anesthesia, the injections can be sensitive, but during the operation you will not experience any pain. However, you can feel the plastic surgeons working on your face.

Once the anesthesia wears off, you will feel the pain of the procedure. A facelift is basically surgery on your face and neck. This is why talking and eating will be more difficult at first. We will give you a prescription for painkillers that you can pick up at the pharmacy. To relieve the pain you can cool down with a cold pack. The pain will be gone after about two weeks. Good aftercare is important for successful recovery after the procedure.

We advise you not to smoke at least three weeks before surgery until your skin has fully recovered. This is because smoking has a negative effect on the blood flow in your skin which does not help the recovery. Also, smoking increases the risk of complications.

For the first few days after surgery, you may experience pain when opening the mouth. Especially chewing can be experienced as sensitive. It is wise to adjust your diet. Think for example of consuming liquid food.

On the first day, your face and hair should not get wet. The day after the treatment, you may shower again. Do be careful when washing your hair.

It is important to avoid physically strenuous exercise for the first six weeks. After six weeks, you may return to intense sports.

Like sports, we advise against swimming, visiting the sauna and sunbathing for the first six weeks. Because heat causes swelling, this is not beneficial to the healing process. Water softens the wound edges, which can cause wounds to form more quickly. After six weeks, you may safely resume these activities.

With a facelift, wrinkles in the lower part of your face will become less deep or even disappear. A facelift will not remove wrinkles in the forehead and neck. This requires a separate treatment such as fillers, a forehead lift or a neck lift. Of course, it is important that the wrinkles that appear while laughing or talking remain visible. This is part of your face and gives it individuality.

If you have any other questions about a facelift, please feel free to contact Blooming Plastic Surgery. Our knowledgeable surgeons and staff are here to answer all your questions and help you make an informed decision about your treatment.

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