What Is a Facelift ?
Rhytidectomy, a surgical procedure commonly known as a facelift, involves the removal of excess facial fat, the tightening of facial muscles, and the stretching of facial skin to approximate a smoother, firmer facial appearance. The procedure takes place on either the face, neck, or both.
Depending on the area of the face or neck where the “lift” is to take place, the surgeon will separate the skin from the fat and muscle. The fat is then removed and the skin is pulled back into place with any excess removed.
Who are candidates for facelift?
The best candidates for a facelift are those whose face and/or neck have begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity
The procedure also works best on persons whose bone structure is strong and well-defined
Although each procedure varies, generally, facelift surgeries follow this process:
Preparing for Your Surgery
Our procedures have been designed to make your surgery as safe, comfortable, and convenient as possible.
Your surgery will be performed at one of the following locations:
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The Guest Services staff is available to assist you in any way. They serve as advocates for patients and their families; act as friends and guides; provide personal services and direct patients and families to hospital and community resources
You can call the Guest Services Hotline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
After you go home, if you have any questions or concerns about your hospital care, you can call the Hotline at any time
Before Your Surgery
We will call you the evening before surgery, (or the Friday before a Monday surgery), to confirm your arrival time and surgery start time. You may call us after 4 p.m. if this is more convenient for you. Please be aware that your surgery start time is subject to change until 4pm the day before surgery
Please follow these eating and drinking instructions before surgery:
Clear liquids like water, clear juice, sports drinks, clear tea, and black coffee, may be consumed , until 3 hours before any ambulatory surgeries ,5 hours before any other surgeries
Do not drink milk-containing products, alcoholic beverages or drinks with pulp or solids of any kind
Nothing to eat or drink after midnight. You can take needed morning medications with sips of water as directed
Refrain from smoking after midnight and on the day of your surgery
Check with your doctor about whether you should discontinue taking regularly scheduled medication. If you are advised to continue taking it, you should take it with just a sip of water.
You will receive a personal medication card before your surgery. Please fill out the card and bring it with you the day of surgery
Regulations do not permit you to drive or take a taxicab
Smart Group Holding Group will provide free delivery service
Day of Surgery
Wear loose, comfortable clothing so you can change easily before and after surgery
Leave ALL valuables at home and bring only essential items such as glasses, dentures, hearing aids, canes, etc
Please do not wear perfume/cologne, makeup, nail polish, or jewelry (including rings and watches)
What to bring
Health insurance card
Current photo ID
X-rays or other medical documentation requested by your surgeon
Personal medication card
Safe surgery guidelines – before surgery
The staff will ask you to identify yourself, the procedure and the site of the procedure. This information will be compared with your armband, your surgical consent, and the operating room schedule
The staff will inquire again on any allergy information. If ordered by your surgeon, you will receive antibiotics at this time. Please note that throughout your surgical experience, our staff will practice hand hygiene to prevent infection
You will be asked to arrive approximately two hours before your scheduled surgery so you and your care team have adequate time to get you ready for surgery. We will make every effort to begin your surgery at the scheduled time.
If we experience unanticipated delays in caring for other patients, we will keep you informed of our progress. We will estimate the time we anticipate being able to begin your surgery.
Your next stop is pre-op where you’ll be asked to change into a hospital gown in a private area. We’ll check your weight, blood pressure and temperature and make final preparations for surgery. We’ll also review your medications, medical history, and allergies
Visitors should be limited to two people at a time
Children under the age of 12 are not permitted
Food and beverages are not allowed in the pre-op area but may be consumed in the waiting room
Cellular devices must be turned off and remain off
Perfumes and colognes are strongly discouraged as many patients are allergic to such scents
Complimentary WiFi is available
You will be taken to the Phase I Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) immediately after surgery. You will stay there until you are awake, your vital signs are stable, and you have satisfactory pain management.
Safe surgery guidelines
When the surgery is over, the surgical team verbally reviews information on another checklist. This list includes details of your post-surgical condition and recovery plans. This is done before you leave the operating room
When you arrive in the recovery care area, the surgeon and/or the anesthesiologist will talk with the recovery area nursing staff about your procedure and condition, and plans for your recovery
Admitted to the hospital
If you are to be admitted to the hospital, you will be transported to the patient care unit when your room is ready
If you are to be discharged home after surgery, you will be taken to the Phase II area where you will change into your own clothes. A family member or friend will then be able to join you and a nurse will provide verbal and written home care instructions
We will also give you the contact numbers for any questions or concerns that arise once you are home. We welcome and encourage your questions before you are discharged
Once you return home, we recommend that you have someone stay with you, at least for the first night
Possible Complications Associated with Facelifts
Possible complications associated with facelifts may include, but are not limited to, the following
Nerves that control the facial muscles could be damaged. This is usually a temporary post-operative condition
As with any type of surgery, there is a risk of infection and a reaction to the anesthesia
A hematoma, blood that collects under the skin, could occur. They are generally removed by the physician
Smokers, in particular, may find that the healing process following a facelift is slower than normal
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