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What To Expect During Your Facelift Surgery Consultation?

Facelift Surgery Consultation

What To Expect During Your Facelift Surgery Consultation?Rhytidectomy or facelift cosmetic surgery helps in reducing the appearance of facial lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. This is a suitable procedure for patients that are looking to take several years off their face and restore a more youthful appearance. A detailed consultation with the surgeon prior to the procedure will set the foundation for a safe and successful facelift.

The Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides facelift surgery to patients in Richmond, Fredericksburg, Northern Virginia, and surrounding communities.

Determining Candidacy

The patient’s health history, cosmetic goals and skin time will be assessed by the surgeon for determining whether the surgery is an ideal procedure or not for them. It’s vital that patients are upfront with the cosmetic surgeon about their health history.

Heart disease, autoimmune disorders and other medical conditions can raise surgical risks. Patients are not excluded as a candidate for facelift surgery because they have underlying health conditions. However, surgeons need to take necessary precautions for underlying health issues.

During pre-op consultation, your surgeon may ask you about your drinking and smoking habits. You should honestly reveal your tobacco use since it can increase the risk of complications associated with plastic surgery.

This is again a lifestyle habit and will not prevent anyone from being a suitable candidate for facelift surgery. You would be asked to stop smoking for 2 – 3 weeks before and after the surgery.

Educating and Informing Patients

Patients can make well-considered decisions after understanding the procedure in-depth. This also allows them to feel more confident. During the initial consultation, patients should freely ask questions about the surgeon’s practice and the facelift plastic surgery.

Responsible surgeons offer patients accurate answers for ensuring they are absolutely clear on all aspects of facelift surgery. Your surgeon may ask you to get the procedure in combination with an eye lift, brow lift, neck lift, or other specific noninvasive treatments. They will provide you with adequate reasoning for making judicious decisions.

Evaluating Facial and Health Anatomy

Facelift is a significantly invasive plastic surgery procedure. Patients need to be in good health for receiving anesthesia. They should be resilient enough to tolerate the surgery well. Your health records will be evaluated by the surgeon. They will ask questions about your existing medical conditions as well.

Patients should disclose all information to their surgeon unhesitatingly. Your surgeon will assess your facial and neck skin condition. You may be asked to get any untreated skin infection in the region treated before getting the surgery performed.

In addition, the surgeon will assess the patient’s age, measurements, facial fat deposits, degree of skin laxity, weight, skin type, jaw anatomy, and facial anatomy. This assessment will allow surgeons to determine suitable surgical techniques or a combination of techniques.

Planning the Procedure

Your surgeon will account for the following factors while developing a personalized facelift cosmetic surgery plan at the time of your pre-op consultation:

  • Type of anesthesia
  • Type of facelift
  • Incision sites
  • Suturing the incisions
  • Any combination procedures
  • Approximate recovery time

Cosmetic surgeons at VIPS receive patients from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Northern Virginia, and nearby areas for facelift surgery.

Contact Virginia Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sundin Today for a Consultation

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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