If you are considering undergoing facelift to turn back the clock on your facial appearance, you are likely already researching the procedure and potential surgeons you would like to work with. The decision to undergo facelift (and plastic surgery in general) is a serious one, which is why it is important that you ask your surgeon some well-thought-out questions.
Greenwich plastic surgeon Dr. Sandra Margoles is an experienced facelift surgeon. Here, she shares questions to ask your plastic surgeon during your facelift consultation.
Are You Board-Certified?
It is imperative that you work with a plastic surgeon that is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This is important because there are many physicians who market themselves as cosmetic surgeons and have undergone limited cosmetic surgery training (i.e., an hours-long course or a couple of training sessions). In contrast, board certified plastic surgeons have completed years of residency training in both general surgery and plastic surgery, and have passed rigorous exams based on the board’s high standards.
How Many Facelift Surgeries Have You Performed?
Experience is another important quality in a facelift surgeon. Your surgeon should have hundreds of successful facelift surgeries under their belt. This ensures that the surgeon has put their training and skills to work and has produced natural-looking and beautiful facelift results. Be sure to ask your surgeon the number of facelift surgeries he or she has performed. It is also a good idea to ask about their success rate and how they handle complications, should one arise.
Is Facelift Right for Me?
Many patients go into a plastic surgery consultation believing that they need one procedure, only to find out that another one may be more appropriate for what they are looking for. It is important to be completely transparent with your surgeon about your cosmetic needs and goals. Depending on what you share, your surgeon may recommend facelift or another facial rejuvenation procedure. Or, they may determine that a combination procedure (e.g., facelift and eyelid surgery) can yield the best results.
How Long Is the Recovery Period?
One of the realities of facelift is downtime. The initial recovery period for patients is typically one to two weeks. During this time, patients must take time off from work and their normal activities. Keep in mind that each patient heals at their own pace, so your surgeon should be able to give you a more accurate recovery timeline during your in-office consultation. Be sure to ask your surgeon when you can expect to go back to work, go out in public, wear makeup and when it’s safe to exercise.
Do You Have Before-and-After Photos I Can See?
Your face is on display for everyone to see, so it’s only natural that you want to know upfront what results to expect. Before-and-after photos of your surgeon’s past patients can give you a better visualization of your results. Be sure to view photos of patients who are of the same ethnicity and whose facial structures are similar to yours.
Have more questions about facelift surgery? Dr. Margoles can answer them in a one-on-one consultation. Contact her Greenwich plastic surgery practice by calling (203) 869-2939 today.