You are not alone if you are even beginning to consider the benefits of a facelift. In 2020, nearly a quarter-million people concluded that a facelift was right for them, and if your desire is to have your appearance match your outlook – fresh, open, and positive – then chances are excellent that you will come to the same conclusion when you look into the possibilities carefully.
An interesting fact behind the numbers is that more people are having facelift procedures done at an earlier age than in prior years. In 2019, 34% of facelifts were performed for people under the age of 54. This is not only another signal of the widespread acceptance, but also that facelifts done at an earlier age tend to involve less recovery time and produces more subtle results, because younger patients are seeking to reverse the effects of aging by fewer years.
Expect to Be Delighted
The first thing to know about facelifts in Atlanta is that you can expect to be delighted with the results. The reasons you can feel assured are both general and specific. A long-term study reported that 97.8% of people undergoing a facelift described the improvement they achieved in their appearance as very good or beyond expectations.
Far more specifically, you can expect to be delighted with the results of your facelift in Atlanta because two of the best practitioners in the nation – Dr. Foad Nahai and Dr. Farzad Nahai – are available to you right here at the Center for Plastic
For two years in a row, this father-son team has been honored by Newsweek as two of the top facelift plastic surgeons in the country. Dr. Foad Nahai is currently ranked No. 1 in Georgia and No. 8 in the U.S., while the younger Dr. Farzad Nahai is currently ranked No. 6 in Georgia and No. 124 in the U.S. To determine the rankings, Newsweek conducted a national survey among plastic surgeons, asking them to recommend the best plastic surgeons in their state as well as across the U.S. Additionally, participants were asked to rank their peers according to several specific quality dimensions.
A confident outlook is the foundation of a good facelift experience, and here you can be well advised to feel confident.
Beginning with Goals and Understanding
The start of a successful facelift is a conversation with your board-certified plastic surgeon. You bring your goals, and they bring their experience. Together, you come to an understanding of the results you want to achieve.
Your sense of how this conversation goes should add to the confidence you bring to your procedure. Do you feel the doctor listened attentively and understood? Did he or she add to your understanding of what you can expect? Does the whole idea seem even more achievable because of your talk? Your successful facelift is a blend of science and art, of insight and technique, of experience and inspiration. If you have the feeling that these elements are coming together when you talk with your plastic surgeon, then you are well on your way.
Preparing for a Positive Recovery
What you do before a facelift can influence how happy you are with the results and how soon you will be back in action after the procedure. The first item on the list for facelift preparation is potentially the only hard one: stop smoking. If cigarettes or vaping are still a part of your life, now would be a good time to make the break at last. Because smoking influences blood flow, particularly near the skin’s surface, smoking before the facelift can make it more difficult, and smoking after can delay recovery and limit improvement. Now is the time.
Thankfully, today most people don’t smoke, and for them, facelift preparation is nothing but easy. Because alcohol is a blood thinner, it is recommended that patients avoid drinking for a couple of weeks before and after their procedure. Caffeine accelerates heart rate and blood pressure, and so limiting your consumption of coffee and energy drinks for a similar period is a good idea, too.
Total disclosure of medications, vitamins, and supplements to your plastic surgeon will help avoid complications that might otherwise range from annoying to dangerous. Make sure everything you are taking is on the table as you schedule your facelift.
Best of all, plan for a pleasant recovery. Stress and tension are reflected on the skin, and so this would be a good time to plan some downtime. Your favorite surroundings, favorite people, and favorite things to do – provided they are relaxing to the face – can be the building blocks of your own plan for recovery.