Key Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon Before a FaceLift

  1. Are you board certified and if so, by what board?
  2. How many facelifts have you done and for how many years have you done them?
  3. Do you have hospital privileges to perform facelifts?
  4. If so, at which hospitals?
  5. What percentage of your practice is devoted to facelifts and facial plastic surgery?
  6. Where do most of your patients come from?
  7. Am I a good candidate for a facelift?
  8. Are there other alternatives: non-surgical techniques, less invasive, or more limited procedures that could fulfill (or perhaps partially, but adequately, fulfill) my desired outcome?
  9. Where will my incisions be?
  10. What is a realistic outcome of a facelift for me?
  11. Can I see before and after photos of facelifts that you have performed?
  12. Can I talk to previous patients about the surgeries that they had done?
  13. Where will the procedure be performed?
  14. Who will administer and monitor the anesthesia: a board certified M.D. anesthesiologist, a nurse or the operating surgeon?
  15. What procedures are in place to deal with an emergency?
  16. How long will my surgery take?
  17. Will I see you during my post-operative visits and how often?
  18. What lab tests and health clearances are required before I have this surgery?
  19. What are possible complications after a facelift?
  20. How often do these complications occur?
  21. Are you easy to reach after surgery if I have questions or concerns?
  22. How much pain/discomfort/bruising/swelling can I expect post-op?
  23. How long of a recovery period can I expect from a facelift?
  24. What kind of help will I need during my recovery?
  25. Can you assist in arranging for any post-op caregiver that I may need?
  26. When can I resume exercise and physical activity?
  27. What do you recommend for me pre-operatively to prepare for the procedure?
  28. What will be expected of me to get the best cosmetic results?

Considering another aesthetic (cosmetic) procedure? Click here for some key questions to ask at your consultation. 

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