There are a number of things that every patient and their doctor must consider before undergoing a facelift. An elective surgery, this procedure comes with all of the risks of any other surgical procedure, and can be more or less successful dependent upon your health and the expectations you have. It is important to talk to a surgeon in depth about your health, lifestyle, and what you hope to gain from your plastic surgery before you have the actual procedure. Dr. Sonny O and his staff perform an extensive medical history and exam as well as counsel their patients before moving ahead to the procedure, to ensure that each patient is well prepared and knows what to expect.

Are There Any Health Problem that May Cause Issues with A Facelift or Recovery?

There are a number of health conditions that may make you a poor candidate for a facelift. Among these are:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Obesity
  • Severe Allergies
  • High Cholesterol
  • Autoimmune disease

This is not an all-inclusive list, there are many health problems that could cause complications both with the procedure and healing afterwards. This is why it is important to make sure your doctor knows your full medical history. Complications could include infection, poor or slow wound healing, excessive bleeding, and issues with anesthesia. In short health problems can compromise your ability to withstand the procedure and slow your healing.

Your Current Lifestyle Could Also Affect Your ability to Have a Facelift

If you smoke, drink alcohol excessively, are overweight, or are sedentary, these are also factors that could affect whether you are a good candidate for a facelift. Like the health conditions above, these lifestyle factors can affect how well you might heal from surgery. It is possible that many of these conditions can be overcome, allowing you to have the procedure later, but this is something your doctor can counsel you on. He can help you decide any changes you need to make, and how long after you those changes you must wait before having surgery.

A Consultation Can Help You Decide if a Facelift is Right for You

Dr. Sonny O. offers consultations that can help you decide if a facelift is right for you. The Dr. and his staff will do an extensive medical history and lifestyle inventory, as well as discuss your motives and expectations with you.