5 Things to Consider Before Getting a Facelift

Age, nature, and the environment can have a negative impact on your skin and appearance. Gravity can cause your skin to sag and make you look much older than you feel. While aging is something no one can stop, you no longer have to look old and tired. 

A facelift is designed to eliminate or reduce wrinkles, folds, jowls, and sagging skin to give your face a youthful appearance. When you visit Theodore Diktaban, MD, FACS, in his New York City office, he’ll discuss what you want to accomplish with a facelift. He’ll also make sure you know how to properly care for your skin after your procedure so you can keep the results as long as possible.

5 things to ask yourself and your doctor before getting a facelift

Getting a facelift may not only make you look and feel younger, it can give you back your confidence. A facelift can tighten sagging skin and eliminate or lessen deep folds and creases in your face and neck. Despite all of the benefits, deciding to get one is still a big decision. Dr. Diktaban will always sit down with you for a thorough consultation before moving ahead with any procedure. Here are five things you should ask yourself and discuss with Dr. Diktaban when you see him:

1. Are there other treatments to try first?

During your consultation, Dr. Diktaban will go through different treatment options, such as using fillers. And in addition to a standard facelift, there’s also the option of the less invasive mini-facelift, which involves smaller incisions and less downtime. 

2. Are you healthy enough for the procedure?

Because you’ll be under general anesthesia and will need a certain number of incisions, you will need to be in good health. Dr. Diktaban will discuss your full medical history and any potential health issues and risks. If you have medical issues, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, you may not be a candidate for a facelift.

3. Are you clear about your goals and expectations?

Dr. Diktaban wants you to be clear about what areas you want to improve, and he’ll offer his expertise and guidance. Choosing the right doctor is so important, as is being realistic about what can be achieved. Dr. Diktaban will always be up-front and honest with you. 

4. Do you know how the procedure works and the potential risks?

A standard facelift involves making one or more incisions so Dr. Diktaban can lift, tighten, and remove tissue. As with any surgical procedure, there may be issues with infection or scarring, but Dr. Diktaban will do everything possible to lessen any potential side effects. He will make sure you are fully aware of everything, including the fact that sometimes a second procedure is necessary.

5. Do you have the money and the recovery time for a facelift?

Depending on what you have done, the procedure can be expensive. Second, you’ll need to have time to rest and recover, as you’ll have some bruising and swelling. Most people can perform moderate activity in about two weeks and can get back to more intense activity in about a month. Complete healing usually takes about three months. Dr. Diktaban will instruct you on skin maintenance, and he will let you know when you can start applying sunscreen and makeup.

To learn more about getting a facelift, book an appointment online or over the phone with Dr. Theodore Diktaban today.

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