Questions to Ask Your Doctor before Facelift Surgery

Thanks to its ability to rejuvenate, facelift surgery has been a consistently popular cosmetic procedure for decades. Patients who undergo facelift surgery are pleased to see lines, wrinkles and jowls disappear from their faces. If you are interested in taking years off your appearance, Dr. Lloyd Landsman, a prominent Long Island plastic surgeon, suggests you ask the following questions to prospective surgeons:

What Kind of Experience Do You Have at Performing Facelift Surgery?

When looking for a surgeon to transform your face, it is entirely appropriate to ask several questions about their experience. Most importantly, ask whether the surgeon is board certified. This will confirm that the surgeon meets high standards for his or her profession. It is also fair to ask about how many facelift surgeries the doctor has performed. For example, some plastic surgeons focus on the breasts and have not performed as many facial surgeries; this may be an important factor for you to consider. Finally, ask to see the surgeon’s before and after photos, especially those for facelift patients, so that you can assess the quality of his or her work for yourself.

Will I Have a “Pulled” Look?

There is an art to performing facelift surgery. The trick is to pull the skin tightly enough to minimize lines and wrinkles without pulling so tight that the results look unnatural. By bringing up this concern with your surgeon, you will be able to discuss the specific techniques he or she plans to use. A good surgeon should have no difficulty explaining how they achieve appealing and natural-looking results.  

Am I a Good Candidate for Mini Facelift?

Mini facelift is a popular modification to facelift because it uses fewer incisions, involves less anesthesia and requires a significantly shorter recovery time. However, patients need to be aware that this procedure is more suitable for faces with mild to moderate skin sagging and wrinkles. It will take a full facelift to adequately address moderate to severe signs of aging. Dr. Landsman is more likely to recommend mini facelift for patients who are on the younger side or have skin that maintains some elasticity.

Can I Pair Facelift with Another Procedure?

Facelift surgery aims to minimize signs of aging that appear along the neck and lower half of the face. If you are someone with significant lines and wrinkles around the eyes and forehead, you may wish to add a second procedure like a brow lift or blepharoplasty to better rejuvenate the entire face rather than one portion of it. Discuss these concerns with your surgeon to see if you are a good candidate for combining plastic surgery procedures.

Schedule a Consultation

To get all your questions about facelift answered from a top plastic surgeon, schedule a consultation with Dr. Landsman at (631) 864-4111.