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The bottom line is that most people, in particular women, engage in a plastic surgical procedure to look younger.  There is a saying that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder but the reality is that a pretty and youthful face draws attention.  Others may select a cosmetic procedure to regain their confidence and quite simply, just want to feel good.

Regardless undergoing any facelift surgery is not as simple as it may seem. First and foremost it is vitally important that you have a consultation with a Board Certified plastic surgeon. The surgeon will educate you on what you can expect, prior to and after the surgery has been completed.  The surgeon will also order the necessary tests to see if you are in good health to undergo a procedure, especially when anesthesia is needed.

This article can help you prepare yourself before having a facelift.

1.  Am I Ready?

First, ask yourself whether you really need a facelift.  Look in the mirror, study your face and if you feel that what you see is making you unhappy, then you are on the right path to learning more. Remember once you undergo a cosmetic procedure, it is almost always difficult to return to what you looked like prior to your surgery.

A good plastic surgeon will take the time to go over everything with you including stopping vitamins, eating certain foods, etc.

2. Plan Ahead

The good news is that many cosmetic procedures are painless with very little downtime. More complicated surgical procedures may be different. Regardless, it is important to understand all of the nuisances associated with any cosmetic surgery including knowing which pain relievers are safe to take.

Never feel embarrassed to ask the surgeon questions regarding what you can and cannot do after a procedure, foods to eat, etc.  A simple question on what clothes you should wear, snacks, and medication while recovering are important to know.

3. Drinking and Smoking – A No No

Your healthcare provider has advised that drinking and smoking prior to a facelift procedure clearly bad for your health.  And your plastic surgeon will tell you the same thing.  Alcohol may contain ingredients that are unhealthy and cigarettes contain nicotine and other chemicals that may interfere with blood flow, that can result in a much longer recovery.

It is advisable to stop smoking for several months before you undergo a cosmetic surgical procedure.  In addition, it is best to stop drinking alcohol at least 48-72 hours prior to your surgery date. Remember to discuss these points with your surgeon.

4. Selecting a Plastic Surgeon

Sally, Jane, Linda, and other friends may have already undergone plastic surgery.  They may feel very good and pleasantly happy about the way they look. Speaking to close friends can help you select the right plastic surgeon.  Ask your friends if their surgeon was caring, took the time to explain all the necessary steps needed before undergoing surgery, and what their recovery was like.  A good friend will share this information with you. Remember to check the credentials of the plastic surgeon you are considering including whether they are board-certified.

In addition, a good plastic surgeon is surrounded by an amazing team including an office administrator, nurse, cosmetic injectors, and medical assistants. If you are greeted by a disgruntled employee, move on as it could be a sign that something is not quite right in the practice.

Remember to do your homework to avoid any complications.

And when you have completed all of your homework and have undergone your plastic surgical procedure, smile and be proud that you did your due diligence to find the right plastic surgeon who has lifted your spirits to unbelievable heights!

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