How Do You Prepare for a Mini Facelift Procedure?

Despite your eagerness to rejuvenate your face with a mini facelift, it’s a good idea to schedule a consultation with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon first so you can gather as much information as possible. Below are some additional suggestions on how you can prepare for a mini facelift.


Schedule a Consultation and Ask Questions

No matter how long you’ve been considering the procedure, no one knows more about it than an expert board-certified facial plastic surgeon. It’s to your advantage to ask questions during your consultation. There are no right or wrong questions to ask, and it’s in your best interest to think of concerns to ask the surgeon to address a mini facelift, so you know best how to prepare and what to expect during recovery and for results.

Below are 11 commonly asked questions about the mini facelift to consider asking during your consultation.

  • How many years of facelift surgery experience do you have?
  • How many procedures have you performed?
  • Should I get a facelift?
  • What are the different types of facelift techniques available?
  • Do I qualify to have a mini facelift?
  • What risks and complications are associated with a mini facelift procedure?
  • How long do facelift results last?
  • What can I do to improve my results and their longevity?
  • What risks and complications are associated with a mini facelift procedure?
  • What are some common questions or concerns of previous mini facelift patients?
  • How can I prepare for my mini facelift procedure?

Learn Facelift Techniques Necessary for Your Transformation

Your heart may be set on having the mini facelift procedure, but it’s helpful to know of the different types of facelift procedures available and how they may be better suited for your needs than others.

The mini facelift is ideal for individuals interested in correcting wrinkles, sagging skin, jaw and neck cowls, and other light to moderate imperfections left behind by aging, environmental elements, etc. The procedure is less intensive than the traditional or full facelift operation. Ideal candidates are those with decent skin quality and minimal health issues seeking to have a small to moderate amount of work done on their faces.

A full facelift is more complex than a mini facelift. It involves removing or relocating fat tissues to help restore the volume and smoothness of the face. Instead of only correcting aging issues in the lower half of the face and upper neck, the procedure addresses the entire face.

The full or traditional facelift is ideal for those interested in having an extensive amount of work done to improve their appearance. The most common complaints addressed by the full facelift include deep lines, wrinkles, creases, jowls, and excess sagging skin.

Both types of facelifts elevate droopy features to restore the youthful contours of the face. However, the mini facelift is highly recommended for those not ready to undergo complete facial surgery.

Self-Care Prep Recommendations for a Mini Facelift Procedure

It’s important for candidates to take some time in the weeks leading up to their procedures to prepare their mind and body to help ensure they have a swift recovery and uneventful outcome.

Develop Good Skin Care Habits

Learn what skincare habits and products are best for your skin and implement them into your daily routine before your procedure. Make a habit of wearing SPF sunscreen when outdoors to limit the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays on your skin. Invest in a good moisturizer to recondition your skin to increase its moisture, elasticity, and suppleness before and after your facelift.

Watch What You Eat

Mini FaceliftThere’s no need to go on a strict diet or commit to strenuous exercise activities in order to get ready for your facelift. However, you should be cautious about what you consume because everything that goes into the body affects the skin.

Increase hydration to keep your skin moist and in good condition to help speed up the healing and recovery phase. Lower your salt intake and avoid recreational substances, such as smoking, alcohol, and, if possible, caffeine. These substances tend to dehydrate the body and skin, making it more fragile and susceptible to the noticeable and unwanted effects of aging, environment, and surgical complications associated with the facelift.

Nicotine, tobacco, and alcohol use before a mini facelift can also cause less than desired results. Get up to move and take light walks to help promote proper circulation to help improve your skin health before mini facelift surgery.

Cease taking any over-the-counter and prescription medications and health and beauty supplements unless your mini facelift surgeon instructs otherwise.

Preparation Recommendations for Home

The mini facelift is a minimally invasive procedure performed at the Matt. Hershcovitch, M.D. Facial Plastic Surgery clinic so patients can go home to complete their recoveries. It’s highly advised for presurgical patients to adjust their living environment and daily activities so that they can focus their efforts on having an optimal recovery.

Just like any surgical procedure, a mini facelift is a traumatic and taxing event for the body and overall health. Rest, self-care, and proper post-op care are necessary to ensure you achieve your desired effects. Patients should plan to take a week or two off from household duties, work obligations, and social events so they can rest and relax to help their bodies recover from their procedure.

Consider enlisting a family member or friend to stay with you for at least the first 24 hours after your operation. You should also have friends and family help with essential household chores, such as cooking, cleaning, etc., for the first few days at home.

Stock up on care supplies to make it easier for you to recover stress-free after having a mini facelift. Ask your surgeon for recommendations if you’re unsure what items to add to your facelift recovery or skin care arsenal.

Follow All Mini Facelift Preoperative Guidelines

After scheduling your mini facelift procedure, your surgeon will provide you with a list of instructions for you to follow to ensure you’re adequately prepared for your transformation. These instructions will also outline what not to do on the morning of your surgery.

To learn more on how to prepare for a mini facelift procedure or if you have concerns, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Matt Hershcovitch, M.D., Facial Plastic Surgery, at (818) 206-2539.