How should I prepare for facelift surgery?

Your surgeon will give you detailed advice which may include preparation of the skin by applications for a few weeks prior to surgery. The most important advice is for smokers to stop smoking for a minimum of two weeks, but four weeks or longer, if possible. They should not recommence until the wounds are well healed, two weeks after surgery. Haematomas or haemorrhage under the skin was common in the past but now with our more refined techniques, is rare. You do need however, to avoid drugs such as aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as these all increase the risk of bleeding. High blood pressure is another risk and should be well-controlled at the time of surgery. Bathe and wash your hair the night before surgery, and stop eating 6 hours prior to the operation. You may drink water up until 2 hours before surgery. Arrange for a responsible person to collect you from the clinic and stay with you overnight. You will need to return to the clinic for a dressing the next morning. If you live at a distance, it may be wise to book into our local hotel, via our advisors to obtain preferential rates. If you are nervous, we can arrange for a nurse from the clinic to stay with you.

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