Common Questions About Facelifts

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People are always wanting to look younger.  One way to achieve this goal is through a facelift.  There is no specific type of person who is a good candidate.  It varies based on age, body type and size. Here are some things to consider before getting a facelift.

How long is the surgery and recovery time?

Like all surgeries the answer to this question can vary.  Typically swelling will occur for the first 10–14 days after surgery.  This means that if you have a big event coming up, you will want to scheduled the surgery at least a month in advance to give time for the swelling to go down.  Patients are usually cleared for work two weeks after the surgery.  The actual surgery can take anywhere from 2–6 hours.  The longer surgeries are usually combined with eyelid and brow surgery.

What should I look for in a plastic surgeon?

Facelifts are generally a superficial procedure which means that you have time to make sure you pick the best surgeon for you.  Research different surgeons by using their websites and also asking for additional photos of patients to make sure that you like the end results of the surgery.  You don't want to be stuck looking surprised or have your eye shape be too round.  You will also want to make sure that the surgeon you choose is accredited.  This means that they have spent countless hours in training and testing to make sure that their procedures are safe.

What are the risks?

Facelifts are generally a pretty safe surgery when performed by a competent surgeon.  One possible risk would be infection, although this is rare.  Another risk is bleeding that causes a patient to return to the operating room.  Nerve damage is generally temporary.  However, like all surgeries there is always a risk of something going wrong, even with the best surgeon.

Should I be at my ideal weight when I get a facelift?

Generally a patient should be in good health and shape and not smoke or drink excessively.  If you are just a few pounds over your goal weight, then the procedure should be fine, but if you are wanting to lose a lot of weight then you should wait until you are in better shape.

How will I look different?

Most people describe the post-surgery appearance as looking fresh.  A facelift should help a patient look younger, not different.  The best facelifts look natural.

Choosing to get a facelift is a big deal, so these are questions that should be considered before deciding to have the surgery. For more information, visit sites like


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