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Facelift and Neck lift Surgery Guidelines

It is important for a patient to prepare for a facelift or neck lift procedure to optimize treatment results. Dr. Babak Azizzadeh, a world-renowned facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, offers the following facelift/neck lift surgery guidelines to help patients plan for pre-op and post-op.

Four Weeks Before & Four Weeks After Surgery

It is important for a patient to prepare for a facelift or neck lift procedure to optimize treatment results. Dr. Babak Azizzadeh, a world-renowned facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, offers the following facelift/neck lift surgery guidelines to help patients plan for pre-op and post-op.
Four Weeks Before & Four Weeks After Surgery
Dr. Azizzadeh requires patients to have a physical with their primary care doctor and some lab work before a facelift and necklift. These will be discussed further at your pre-op appointment.

Facelift and neck lift patients should not undergo any laser or chemical peels at least four weeks prior to and four weeks after surgery. Dr. Azizzadeh will provide clearance for any laser or chemical treatments post-surgery.

Dr. Azizzadeh also recommends patients do not dye their hair for four weeks after facelift or neck lift surgery. However, patients can dye their hair in the weeks leading up to surgery.

Two Weeks Before & Two Weeks After Surgery

Dr. Azizzadeh requests all facelift and neck lift patients avoid the following products in the two weeks prior to and two weeks following surgery:

  • Any products that may interfere with blood clotting including some herbs and dietary supplements.
  • Nicotine products, including cigarettes, cigars, nicotine gum and nicotine patches.
  • Diet pills or supplements.
  • Excess amounts of seafood.

Dr. Azizzadeh asks all facelift and neck lift patients to notify his office of any prescription, over-the-counter and non-prescription drugs that they are currently taking. In addition, Dr. Azizzadeh recommends patients avoid all medications except for those cleared through his office. If alternative medications are necessary, patients should contact a prescribing doctor.

In the two weeks prior to surgery, Dr. Azizzadeh recommends patients purchase hydrogen peroxide, Q-tips and baby shampoo. Furthermore, patients may want to buy Tylenol (acetaminophen) at this time, as Tylenol may be used pre-op and post-op to address pain and/or fever symptoms.

Day & Night Before Surgery

Dr. Azizzadeh offers the following recommendations for facelift and neck lift patients in the final hours before surgery:

  • Avoid consuming any foods or beverages after midnight unless directed to do so by a doctor.
  • Wash the face and shampoo the hair with baby shampoo and gentle soap.
  • Contact a local pharmacy to fill and pick up all post-op prescriptions.

Patients may consume clear liquids up to eight hours prior to surgery. Also, patients can take their everyday asthma, blood pressure, heart and seizure medications with a small amount of water on the morning of their surgery.

All patients should verify their travel arrangements to ensure seamless pre-op and post-op transportation. Patients must have travel arrangements in place before surgery; without travel arrangements, patients will not be allowed to undergo surgery. A travel companion should remain with a patient for at least 24 hours after treatment; patients will not be allowed to leave a surgery center without a travel companion.

Day of Surgery

The day of a facelift or neck lift surgery can be an exciting yet stressful experience. Fortunately, Dr. Azizzadeh offers the following tips to help ensure a patient’s surgery day plans stay on track:

  • Remove contact lenses, jewelry and piercings.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
  • Take any pre-op medications as prescribed by a doctor.
  • Bring a valid ID, insurance card and surgery payment if necessary.
  • Keep valuables at home or give them to family members for safe keeping.

When it comes to facelift or neck lift surgery, there is no reason to leave anything to chance. If patients plan accordingly pre-op and post-op, they can increase the likelihood of achieving their ideal treatment results.

The weeks and days leading up to a facelift or neck lift surgery can be difficult. If a patient has any concerns or questions prior to or after surgery, Dr. Azizzadeh is happy to provide assistance.

To find out more about facelift or neck lift surgery, please contact us today at 310-657-2203.

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