A facelift treatment is an excellent way to reverse signs of aging and tighten loose, saggy skin so that you look more youthful and energetic. Doctors always encourage patients to do their own research and talk to different people who have undergone facelift treatments. People who prepare themselves for the treatment and taking time to understand the benefits and risks are more likely to have a positive experience.
From the pre-procedural preparations to the post-treatment care, people who are well-read and well-prepared for the treatment generally know what to expect and how to best care for themselves after the treatment. It is common for people to have unrealistic expectations of the treatment. It is, therefore, important to acquire sufficient knowledge about facelift treatments to give you a better understanding of what you may experience and cope with the side effects, if any.
1. The doctor matters
“There are more than a thousand aesthetic clinics in Singapore offering similar services but at various price point,” says Dr. Siew. Price seems to be the only point for comparison since there are no other factors that we have on hand. With the only information on hand, it may be tempting to choose a clinic that is the most affordable.
According to Dr. Siew, price should not be the only factor you consider before going ahead with the treatment. The skill and experience of the doctor directly correlates with the quality of the result.
Always do your background research and find out more about the doctor’s credentials carefully to ensure that he has sufficient experience in performing facelift treatments. Shortlist a few doctors to and got for a consult with them. Find out more about their experience, what they recommend, and ask to see some of their past works. These information gives you an idea of the quality of his work.
2. Manage your expectations
Talk to the doctor to find out the risks and benefits associated with the skin lifting procedures. The concept behind most skin lifting treatments is to stimulate and remodel the collagen layers of the face and to tighten loose, saggy skin. However, different treatments have varying degrees of lifting outcome with associated adverse side effects.
A surgical facelift requires significantly longer recovery downtime. After the surgery, you should plan to take at least one to two weeks off from work and scale back your social activities. You need to rest at home for about 2 weeks post-treatment to allow the wounds to heal and the skin to stay in its lifted position.
On the other hand, non-surgical options such as Ultherapy and thread lift treatments such as Silhouette Soft Thread Lift and PDO Korean thread lift significantly shorter downtime and less adverse side effects such as permanent scarring.
Non-surgical facelift treatments generally have less lifting capabilities as compared to a surgical facelift. The maximum lift for a thread lift treatment is about 2.5cm.
3. Facelift treatment does not stop the aging process
A facelift treatment turns back the aging clock and restores the firmness of the skin. It does not, however, stop the aging process altogether. You will continue to age after the skin lifting treatment, and it is up to you to maintain the result with a good skincare regime and undergo adjunct cosmetic procedures such as dermal fillers and Botox to sustain the skin lifting result.
4. Recovery time can vary
No two people are alike. Even though your doctor may give you an estimated time you need to recover, the actual recovery time varies with different people. Everyone recovers at their own pace, depending on several factors such as age, health status, and lifestyle habits. Focus on your healing and following the doctor’s post-treatment protocols. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else.
5. Ask about options for pain relief medication
Some facelift procedures are done under general anesthesia and some with local anesthesia. The choice of anesthesia depends on the procedure, your doctor’s preference, and your pain threshold.
A wide range of pain relief medication is available for non-surgical treatments such as topical numbing cream, local anesthesia, and sedation.
During the consultation with the doctor, be honest and communicate your pain threshold with the doctor. He can make the proper recommendation so that the procedure will be as comfortable as possible for you.
Radium Medical Aesthetics is a medical aesthetic clinic in Singapore that offers one of the biggest range of non-surgical skin lifting treatments such as Ultherapy, HIFU, and thread lift.