• 5 Important Things to Know Before Your Cosmetic Surgery Facelift

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    5 Important Things to Know Before Your Cosmetic Surgery Facelift are-

    #1   Work on a Cosmetic Surgery Facelift Strategy

     

    #2   Certification Matters

     

    #3   Make Time for Recovery

     

    #4   Prepare to Care for Your Scars

     

    #5   Pamper Your New Face!

     

     

    #1-  Work on a Cosmetic Surgery Facelift Strategy

    The first step in a successful facelift procedure is mapping out a strategy that will produce the best outcomes for you. Every patient has different aesthetic needs, different areas that require treatment and different expectations. It’s critical to make a plan with your doctor to address your unique facelift strategy.

    Some things to consider and discuss with your plastic surgeon:

    • What kind of procedures do you need? Some people may benefit from a simple mini facelift, but most patients will require additional work such as a brow lift, neck lift and fat grafting to achieve the best and longest-lasting results.

    • What kind of “look” do you want? It’s important that you and your plastic surgeon be on the same page regarding the degree of transformation you are seeking. Some people want the end result to look very natural and minimal while others are wanting more a dramatic change.

    • What are your end-result expectations? You should be able to describe to your doctor what constitutes a facelift surgery “success” for you. If you have time constraints and want a quicker recovery, smaller procedures with less dramatic results might mean success for you. If you have an aged appearance due to smoking or sun damage, you might define success a different way.

    #2 Certification Matters

    Most people know that it’s important to ask their doctor if he or she is “board certified.” But what does that really mean?

    The most prestigious boards are all affiliated with the ABMS/ American Board of Medical Specialties. The ABPS/ American Board of Plastic Surgery is one of only 24 specialties within the ABMS, and it implies a high standard of ethics, values, history and education.

    Other boards have been formed under the umbrella of cosmetic surgery by doctors who are unable or unwilling to have the additional training to pursue an educational pathway towards certification within a board recognized by the ABMS. And while a surgeon may be “board certified” by the ABMS in one specialty such as dermatology or general surgery, it is important to ask if he or she is also board certified by the ABPS, which ensures several years of training, tests and recertification in the specialty of plastic surgery.

    #3 Make Time for Recovery

    The time you should set aside for a cosmetic surgery facelift does not end when you leave the operating room. It’s important to create a plan that will allow your body to recover and quickly heal itself. This includes taking time off of work and finding someone to help care for the house and any children. Some people choose to hire a post-op nurse or to spend time recovering in a hotel. Patients are often tempted to rush the recovery process, which is understandable because we all lead busy lives. But you’ll feel better and heal quicker if you truly devote yourself to a proper recovery.

    Although it seems counterintuitive, it’s not a good idea to take any anti-inflammatory medicines such as Aspirin after your cosmetic surgery facelift. While it can reduce swelling, it also thins your blood, which is something you definitely want to avoid after surgery due to bleeding risks. I recommend an herbal cream called Arnica. Arnica is a type of sunflower that has been used to reduce bruising, sprains, and muscle inflammation. In cream or lotion form, it may help to reduce bruising and swelling.

    #4 Prepare to Care for Your Scars

    After your incisions have healed with new skin, you should be prepared to care for your incisions for up to 12 months after your facelift. Scars take 6-12 months to fully mature, so during this wound healing phase, you will want to do simple steps such as protect your incisions from the sun, use special anti-scar creams or bandages to help your scars, and possible cortisone injections to make the scars less thick and red.

    If you notice that you slowly develop thicker, wider, or darker scars, then you may be developing hypertrophic or keloid scars. The treatment for this is to use special anti-scar creams, bandages, or cortisone injections.

    #5 Pamper Your New Face!

    Remember when you got that new car and you parked it way out on the edges of the parking lot and washed it all the time? You should pamper your newly lifted face in the same way. Despite having a cosmetic surgery facelift, your skin will continue to age. Keep it looking its best with these strategies:

    • Religious facial skin care (The 5 Step Standard – cleansing, exfoliating, toning, moisturizing and SUNSCREEN)

    • Small maintenance procedures (IPL, Botox, dermal fillers, laser resurfacing, microdermabrasion, etc.)

    • Avoiding the “aging agents” (smoking, tanning excessive sun exposure, high stress, etc.)

    Should you desire more information about my available services, or want to schedule an appointment, please contact my Patient Care Coordinator at info@drkim.com or (415)362-1846.

    If you wish to leave any comments or questions, please feel free to do so below.

     

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