Despite the increased use of minimally invasive agents, such as Botox and dermal fillers, facelifts remain incredibly common for treating age-related drooping, sagging and wrinkling of the face. If you are looking into a facelift for yourself, we recommend that you start by asking these questions at a consultation with your surgeon.
What Are Your Certifications?
Your surgeon should be board-certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. This will ensure that he is up-to-date on current trends and techniques and that he has completed continuing education. Board certification helps to keep you safe and can reduce many risks and complications of surgery. Dr. Tavoussi is double-board certified and is a fellow of a variety of domestic and international organizations, including the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and the International College of Surgeons.
Where Is the Procedure Performed?
Your facelift should be performed in an accredited facility to keep you safe. Dr. Tavoussi uses the Pacifica Outpatient Surgery Center, which is adequately staffed with registered nurses and anesthesiologists who will ensure your safety from admission to discharge.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Facelift?
To be a good candidate for a facelift, you should have sagging or drooping skin around the mid-face to the lower face. You should be healthy and should not be smoking. Your skin should still be supple and elastic.
What Technique Would Be Best for Me?
The two main facelift techniques are the traditional facelift and the mini facelift. If your sagging skin and tissues are mainly located on the lower part of the face, a mini facelift, which has far fewer incisions and a far shorter recovery time when compared to the traditional option, may be the way to go.
What Is Recovery Like?
You will want to know how much time you should plan to be off work and how much time you will need to rest before returning to daily activities. This is a particularly important question if you are a very active individual, either athletically or socially.