For the Best Results

  • Mini facelifts have been touted all over the internet. Do not be deceived. Those who perform them likely do so because they do not know how to perform real facelifts. They claim that mini facelifts provide excellent results with only a few days of recovery. This is simply not true. Mini facelifts involve removing a minimal amount of excess skin near the ear, but have no effect on the skin near the cheeks, jowls, or neck. As stated by Dr. Lawrence Robbins, former president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, “The only thing a mini facelift lifts is the patient’s wallet.” Realize that if mini facelifts were effective, then all plastic surgeons would be performing them. Also, be suspicious when viewing “impressive” results of a mini facelift on the web. The actual results are not that impressive.
  • Beware of plastic surgeons whose facelifts cause their patients to look like someone else. You want to look like a younger version of yourself, not like a different person.
  • Because a facelift will only rejuvenate the lower two-thirds of your face, consider eyelid surgery and forehead lift at the same time to restore youth and maintain harmony.
  • Quit smoking two weeks to two months prior to surgery (the longer the better!).
  • Quit taking aspirin and products that contain aspirin at least two weeks before surgery.
  • Wait two to three months after a chemical peel or laser resurfacing of your cheeks before you have a facelift (unless it is a micro peel).
  • Frequent application of ice is important to help reduce swelling.
  • Sleep in a recliner or with your head elevated on pillows for the first several days to minimize swelling. Frequent application of ice is also important.
  • Expect your facelift to turn back the clock by an average of seven to ten years. You will continue to age on your new face, and you may be ready for another lift within a decade.