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Preparing for Facelift Surgery

Preparing for Facelift SurgeryPatients who prepare well for facelift plastic surgery will usually feel more confident and relaxed before the procedure and achieve better results in the end. Preparation should ideally begin right from the time an individual decides to have facelift surgery and gets their candidacy determined from a facelift surgeon.  

The surgeon will provide detailed instructions for a comprehensive pre-operative preparation at the time of initial consultation. Board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton Sundin and Dr. Reps Sundin provide facelift and various other procedures to patients in Richmond, Virginia, and surrounding locations.


Pre-op Instructions

Patients with a history of smoking will be asked by the surgeon to refrain from smoking for a few weeks prior to the facelift plastic surgery procedure. Nicotine in the tobacco smoke can inhibit the free flow of oxygen in the blood, which can increase the risk during surgery and cause a delayed healing.

Certain types of medications, herbal supplements and vitamins may also have to be stopped for a certain time period before the facelift surgery. If the patient is taking any prescription drugs, their schedule may have to be adjusted in consultation with the prescribing physician. In some cases, dietary changes may be recommended to the patient, including an increase in the daily intake of lean proteins for a few days before the surgery.


Health Evaluation

The surgeon will perform a general exam of the patient’s face, neck and other areas to evaluate their amount of skin laxity, skin type, presence of fatty tissue, muscle weakness, and the condition of the underlying bone structure. The patient’s detailed health records will be reviewed. The surgeon will closely engage with the patient to understand their personal aesthetic goals and needs with regard to their facial appearance.

The patient should be forthcoming about their current health condition as well as past health issues and any lifestyle habits such as smoking, alcohol or drugs. This will enable the surgeon to anticipate any potential risks and modify the surgical plan appropriately to improve the risk factors.


Surgical Planning

Once the candidacy of the patient has been determined, the surgeon will take into account the information collected during the consultation process to prepare a customized facelift surgery plan. The plan will determine:

  • The type of facelift surgery technique
  • General or local anesthesia with sedation
  • Size and location of the incisions
  • How the wound closure will be performed
  • The choice of operating venue
  • The expected length of the surgery
  • Whether an overnight hospital stay may be required
  • Whether additional procedures such as face or neck liposuction, implants or an upper face surgery may be added
  • The estimated plan for recovery

Prior to the surgery, issues such as estimated costs of facelift procedure, pre- and post-op expenses, and insurance and financing aspects will also be addressed. Focused and judicious plastic surgeons Dr. Burton Sundin and Dr. Reps Sundin of the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery receive patients from Richmond, Virginia, and other communities across this region for facelift surgery.

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit

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