I have decided to have facelift surgery so what happens next?

It is a good idea to take a couple of weeks – a ‘cooling off’ period – in which to think things through. Talk to your partner or other members of your family and friends.

This is a good time in which to examine your reasons for surgery and to make sure that you have all the information you need before arriving at an informed decision.

Your next step is to decide upon which surgeon is right for you. Once you have found him or her and have decided to go ahead then book a consultation with him/her. There will be a fee for this consultation but it will be a full and thorough session.

Your surgeon may arrange for you to undergo some tests to determine your suitability for surgery. He/she may also arrange for you to be examined by an anaesthetist in order to check your fitness for anaesthesia. If you have had surgery before then mention this.

A full medical history will be taken. If you have any allergies or underlying medical conditions then please mention them. This is where you need to be frank and open about your health. Do not think that by mentioning a medical condition or allergy that it might prevent you from having surgery. This is not always the case, and will be taken into account along with other factors.

If you have high blood pressure, blood clotting issues or are prone to excessive scarring then mention these. These will increase your risk of complications but does not automatically mean you can’t have surgery.

If you are taking any prescription medication or over the counter remedies such as garlic, ginseng or evening primrose oil then stop taking these as they can affect the healing process. You surgeon will be able to advise you as to what you can and cannot take.

If you are a smoker then you will have to put this on hold for at least two weeks before surgery and two weeks afterwards. It would be better if you gave up altogether and if you are looking to do so then he or she will recommend a smoking cessation programme.

Smoking can affect the healing of the surgical wounds and increase your chance of complications so it is wise to stop.

You will be given advice and a set of instructions on how to prepare for your surgery. Please follow these to the letter. It may be tempting to ignore a couple of these but there are very good reasons for these.

Your surgeon will go through the process with you so ask as many questions as you need to. Don’t be afraid to ask the same question more than once and if you don’t understand anything, then ask until you do.

You will be given consent forms to complete. Read through these carefully and once you are satisfied then sign these forms.

You can change your mind at any time, even on the day of the surgery itself. Just bear in mind that there may be a financial penalty if you do. So, when you received your fixed quote, check to see if this clause is included.

Once this has been done then your surgeon will arrange a day and time for your surgery.

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