Undergoing facelift surgery is a big decision that all patients should make very carefully for themselves. Part of this decision-making process includes choosing the right facial plastic surgeon. The best time to do this is during your facelift consultation, a special one-on-one meeting that allows you and your prospective surgeon to get to know one another, discuss the procedure, and ask questions of each other. While it’s important for you to answer your facial plastic surgeon’s questions, it can be just as important to ask him your own. Consider these questions when you meet for your facelift consultation.
What Are the Facial Plastic Surgeon’s Qualifications?
It might go without saying that your facial plastic surgeon must be qualified to perform this surgery for you in order to minimize your risks and optimize your results. Don’t be afraid to ask about your surgeon’s background and make sure to discuss his training, experience, and certifications as well. The very success of your facelift surgery hinges on your choice of facial plastic surgeon, so consider this decision carefully.
Before performing your surgery, your facial plastic surgeon should meet these qualifications:
- Have at least one board certification from a recognized surgical board.
- Have undergone specialized surgical training on facial surgeries, especially facelifts
- Have access to a proper surgical facility or hospital for all surgical procedures
- Have a history of high patient satisfaction and results. You may ask to read testimonials or view before and after photos of previous patients.
Where Will My Facelift Surgery Be Performed?
As mentioned before, your facial plastic surgeon must have privileges and access to a proper medical facility where your procedure can be performed. Talk with your surgeon about the location where he operates, what kind of accommodations will be made for you during your surgery and initial recovery. If it’s not a facility that you are familiar with, ask any specific questions you may have about parking, facilities, directions, and more. Make sure that this facility also is fully licensed, meets all codes, and upholds surgical standards so you will be safe throughout your procedure.
What Risks Might Be Involved for Facelift Patients?
Every surgery has risks and a facelift is no different. Understanding the risks you may face as a facelift patient can help you to plan a safe and effective surgery. During your facelift, you should be ready to discuss your medical history, past surgeries, current medications, and other health factors so that your facial plastic surgeon can determine if you have a higher risk for one or more possible complications. Follow your facial plastic surgeon’s advice to prepare for a smooth surgery and recovery as well; this can help to reduce your risk factors and up your chances for an uneventful but successful surgery.
What Results Can I Expect from My Facelift Surgery?
Prospective facelift patients will all have this question in common. After all, you’ll want to know what to expect when you invest your time, energy, and money into a facelift procedure, right? Furthermore, studies have shown that patients with a clear and reasonable expectation for results have higher satisfaction rates. Talk specifically with your facial plastic surgeon about the results you’re hoping to see following your surgery. Listen carefully to what he has to say as well and ask lots of questions that you may have. You might even be able to see photos of his previous facelift patients to get a clearer idea of his work and what it might look like when you’ve healed completely.
Schedule Your Facelift Consultation Today With an Expert
When it’s time to plan your facelift surgery, make sure you’re working with an expert. Learn more about the facelift process when you consult with Dr. Andrew Frankel, board certified in both Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (ENT). His focus is on facial rejuvenation, especially procedures such as the facelift, brow lift, or eyelid surgery, as well as rhinoplasty. Dr. Frankel has been practicing at the Lasky Clinic since. He has published on a variety of topics including midface lifts, Botox, rhinoplasty, and more. To consult with Dr. Frankel, contact the Lasky Clinic located at 201 South Lasky Drive in Beverly Hills, California. Call (310) 552-2173 to schedule your appointment today.