How Do I Prepare for Facial Rejuvenation?

How to Prepare for a Facial Rejuvenation Treatment

How do I prepare for facial rejuvenation?

Your surgeon will provide thorough preoperative instructions, answer any questions you may have before your surgery, take a detailed medical history, and perform a physical exam to determine your fitness for surgery.

In advance of your procedure, your surgeon may ask you to:

  • Follow a pretreatment program in which you will have to apply special creams, lotions, or gels to your skin for a few weeks or longer leading up to your surgery.
  • Take certain oral medications before your treatment.
  • Stop smoking before undergoing surgery to promote better healing.
  • Avoid taking aspirin, certain anti-inflammatory drugs, and some herbal medications that can cause increased bleeding.
  • Hydrate before and after surgery for safe recovery.

Facial rejuvenation is usually an outpatient procedure. You’ll need to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and stay with you at least the first night following surgery.

What can I expect on the day of my facial rejuvenation?

Be sure to consult with your surgeon before your surgery so you have the most accurate expectations.

  • You may have your facial rejuvenation procedures in an accredited hospital, free-standing ambulatory facility, or office-based surgical suite.
  • Facial rejuvenation typically takes two to three hours to complete but may take longer depending on how many procedures you get.
  • The surgeon will administer medications for your comfort during the procedure.
  • General anesthesia is common for facial rejuvenation procedures. In some instances, the surgeon will use local anesthesia or intravenous sedation too.
  • For your safety during the surgery, various monitors will be used to check your heart, blood pressure, pulse, and the amount of oxygen circulating in your blood.
  • Your surgeon will follow the surgical plan discussed with you before surgery.
  • After your surgery, you will go to a recovery area for continued monitoring.
  • Your surgeon may place drainage tubes and put a support or compression garment over your face.

You likely can go home after a short observation period unless you and your aesthetic plastic surgeon agree on an overnight stay.

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