What Does A Facelift Consultation Involve?

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A facelift (rhytidectomy) is a term used to describe a surgical procedure that enhances signs of aging in your neck or face by removing or repositioning skin, muscle, or fat (NHS.UK, 2022). Some of the issues that a facelift can address include:

  • Sagging and relaxed skin on the face
  • Drooping skin on the jaw or cheeks
  • Deep crease or fold lines between the nose and corners of the mouth
  • Extra fat and loose skin in the neck that makes it look like a double chin
  • Facial fat that is lacking or is falling

Facelifts are cosmetic, therapeutic procedures and cannot essentially alter your looks or stop the aging process. Also, a facelift cannot treat irregular skin color, sun damage, or superficial wrinkles. These procedures are customized surgeries unique to the individual’s face and goals.

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What to Expect During a Facelift Consultation

If you have decided to get a facelift, it is good to consult a surgeon to learn more about the procedure and what to expect (American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2022). The visit will probably include:

  • Medical Exam and History. Be ready to answer questions about current and past medical issues, alcohol or drug use, history of smoking, previous surgeries, and complications. Your surgeon will conduct a physical exam and might ask for current medical records or order a consultation with an expert if they doubt your ability to have the surgery.
  • Medication Review. Give your doctor the name and dosages of any medications you regularly take, including dietary supplements, vitamins, herbal medicines, over-the-counter drugs, and prescription drugs.
  • Facial Exam. The plastic surgeon will photograph your face at different points and take close-up photos of certain features. They will also assess your bone structure, skin quality, fat distributions, and shape of your face to establish the best approach for facelift surgery.
  • Expectations. The surgeon will want to know about your expectations of the procedure’s outcomes. They will help you understand how a facelift affects your appearance and what it cannot do.
Types of Facelifts

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there are different types of facelifts, which include:

  • Mini Facelift. This is a modified form of the facelift that targets loose skin around the jawline and neck.
  • Mid-facelift. This is also referred to as a cheek lift, and it concentrates on rectifying sagging skin from the eyes to the upper mouth. The target area includes the nose and cheeks.
  • Nonsurgical facelift. This procedure does not need large incisions or anesthesia. However, it still addresses signs of aging, such as wrinkles, creases, and sagging skin. Thread lifts, liquid facelifts, and vampire facelifts are examples of nonsurgical procedures targeting skin on the face.

During the facelift consultation, you should communicate to your surgeon the area you would like him to work on, such as the lower face, rather than state a specific term for the procedure.

Which Type of Facelift is the Best?

Each type of facelift surgery is unique. Some target a specific area of the face, while others work on all or most face areas. A qualified surgeon can educate you on all facelift options and help you decide on the most suitable for you and your objectives.

Generally, the more excess or loose skin you have, the more complex the surgery will be. Your surgeon may recommend a traditional or complete facelift in such a case. If you only have early signs of aging or minimal skin looseness, they may opt for a less invasive procedure, such as a mini-facelift.

To produce a complete transformation, a facelift can be paired with other procedures, such as a brow lift or eyelid surgery. Again, it is essential to consult with a qualified surgeon to understand your options thoroughly.

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Which is the Ideal Age to Get a Facelift?

Most people get a facelift from the age of 40 to 60 when they start seeing signs of aging. There is no ideal age to have the procedure as people age differently due to different reasons such as environment, lifestyle, and genetics. It is essential to remember that facelifts typically last 7-10 years. Some people have the procedure during their mid-40s and then get a second one in their 60s to update the facelift.

How to Prepare for a Facelift

Preparation for a facelift is the same as preparing for any other surgery. Before you have the procedure, your doctor will request a pre-surgical evaluation or blood work. You may be asked to adjust an existing dosage or stop taking some medications before the surgery (webMD.com, 2022). You may also be asked to:

  • Apply certain products to the face before the surgery
  • Stop smoking
  • Stop taking herbal supplements, anti-inflammatory pain relievers, and aspirin to minimize the risk of bruising and bleeding.

Have someone drive you to and from the hospital as the procedure is done under general anesthesia. It is good to arrange for a friend or family member to stay with you for a day or two after surgery.

Recovering from a Facelift; What to Expect?

After the surgery, you will experience facelift surgery swelling and bruising that will last for at least two weeks. Some patients heal slowly, while others heal more quickly. The bandages should come off a few days after the procedure. You will have to see your surgeon several times within the initial two weeks after surgery to examine your swelling and bruising and remove the stitches.

Finding a Plastic Surgeon

Health insurance often does not pay for a facelift because facelifts are perceived as cosmetic procedures. Ensure that your surgeon is certified to perform plastic surgery procedures by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This will ensure that specific education standards, best practices, and expertise are upheld (webMD.com 2022).

You can also ask for referrals from family members or friends. Ask if they had a good experience with their surgeon. Research and choose a surgeon you are uncomfortable with. Meet with more than one surgeon to get a second opinion as an informed decision is wise.

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The Top Interior Design Mistakes People Make and How to Avoid Them

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Decorating a home can be a daunting project and one that takes on an immense amount of hard work. All those walls which need covering, spaces that need filling and corners which need sprucing up can seem like a never-ending battle. 

Although tempting, try to avoid working with quick fixes, which in the end will only cause you more problems. 

When your home needs improving, it’s best to do it properly. A good job well done will leave you satisfied and content. Otherwise, if you start making shortcuts, common interior design mistakes start to happen which will set you further back than you were in the first instance.

 

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Here are ten common mistakes that many people have experienced, which you should aim to avoid at all costs:

 

1. Choosing all your materials in one day

It’s common to set off on a home improvement day out, planning to come home with a car filled with all your materials. Loading yourself up with all the paint, wallpaper, fixtures, frames, pieces of furniture and fabrics you think you need in one trip is a bad idea.

Not only is the prospect of shopping for an entire room’s décor in just one day a stressful thought, but it’s also risky business. As you start to work on one task, it can change the way you feel about another area of the room. So take your time and work to a layering approach to decorating. 

Focus on painting or wallpapering first, and then assess the accessories, artwork and furniture, building up on the finished look. 

 

2. Always measure carefully

Too many people make rough estimates when they measure, but it’s the one mistake that can cost you time and money. If you have saved a space for a new desk to fit in, and your measurements were too big or small, you’ve potentially got a piece of furniture with no use (or you have to totally re-arrange the room layout).

 

3. Stick to one focal point per room

Every room has a focal point, even if it’s not one that you physically created. In a living room, it’s either the TV or the fireplace area. In the bedroom, its the bed and it’s symmetrical bedside tables. While in the bathroom, it’s the bath area. 

By mixing this up and creating two areas of a room where your eyes are drawn can just look too much and look distracting. It’s all about creating that one wow factor aspect of each room. For bathrooms, you want people to step into your space and be drawn to a relaxing bath which looks tranquil and modern. 

If your shower stands over the bath, then this can be classed as a focal area, so make sure both are designed similar and blend in perfectly together. You can get some great bath and shower inspiration over at Bathdisc here, whether it’s a corner bath and shower setup or a freestanding one.

 

 

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4. Decorating without any help

Decorating can be costly and fairly difficult depending on the type of house and rooms you have. But above all, decorating is time-consuming when you do it on your own. 

It’s worth asking yourself if the time and effort spent doing it on your own is as worthy as you once thought. A professional decorator can come in and do most painting and decorating jobs in one day, opening you up to start moving on to other tasks. 

For a small percentage of your overall budget, it will give you the peace of mind that the job is done to a high-quality standard. 

 

5. Buying too many trend items

Cushions, throws and decorative pieces come in various trendy prints and patterns, usually following interior trends. If you want to save some money, step away from anything that goes down the trend led route!

Stick to classics for all your soft furnishings and decorative items. In a few years time, they will still look classic and timeless. The same won’t be said for that 70’s themed cushion cover that made a comeback for one year only. 

The entire decorating process will see you switching from choosing furniture, experimenting with paint swatches, trying your hand at wallpapering and positioning artwork around the walls. It’s a multi-skilled job, and there are so many little and big decisions that go into decorating the perfect space. 

A simple faux pas can not only set you back, but it can demotivate you from continuing and knock your confidence. Ensure you take on the above tips above, and fully research into every area of decorating before taking on the job!

 

Do you make any of these top interior design mistakes?

 

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