Facelift (Rhytidectomy) | What Is It, Steps, Recovery, Complications & What to Expect

How would you prepare for the surgery?

You can do facelift surgery in a hospital or an outpatient surgical facility. During preparation, you should follow your doctor’s instructions. Your doctor may prescribe you certain medications or adjust your current medications. You may need to stop some medicines, like aspirin and other blood-thinning drugs, to reduce the risk of bleeding. Your doctor will inform you how and when to stop. Ask your doctor what is safe to take and at which dose. Also, your doctor may ask you to use certain products for your face.

Your surgeon will order some tests, like a blood test and coagulation profile, to check your fitness for the surgery. He would also consult a specialist if he had any concerns about your fitness due to any disease.

Stop smoking, alcohol drinking, taking recreational drugs before the surgery by enough time.

It isn’t a luxury to follow your doctor’s instructions. Follow his instructions to pass your surgery smoothly without healing problems or other complications.

Before the surgery:

Arrange for recovery:

Discuss with your doctor how long the recovery lasts. Then, plan for someone to drive you home and stay with you the 1st 48 hours after surgery. Establish a recovery area in your home before the surgery, and ask your doctor what you will need in recovery to prepare it.

On the night of the surgery,

You will stop eating anything after midnight. You can only drink water and take medications that your doctor prescribed and approved.

On the morning of the surgery, 

Your surgeon will ask you to wash your face and hair with an anti-septic (germicidal) soap.

After preparation, how will the surgery pass (the steps)?