VIP FAQ: High-SMAS Facelift
Here are some frequently asked questions we receive regarding the High–SMAS facelift. Please feel free to contact us should you have further inquiries.
1. Am I too young for High–SMAS facelift?
Normally patients in their 40’s and 50’s undergo the High–SMAS facelift procedure, but since everyone ages differently, our doctors focus more on the condition than the age. They may recommend thread lift for younger patients with slightly loose skin or patients who wish to undergo a less invasive procedure.
2. What kind of anesthesia will be used for High–SMAS facelift?
This surgery requires general anesthesia, and the patient will go through body exams to make sure he/she is a good candidate for the surgery.
3. Is there a lot of pain after the surgery?
The patient will have IV pain killer injected after the surgery, so he/she will not feel any pain.
4. How long is the swelling and recovery?
The immediate swelling and bruising may take up to 2-3 weeks depending on patient’s condition. A patient may return to normal activities after about 2 weeks. However, full recovery may take 6 months to 1 year.
5. Will there be scarring after the surgery?
Scarring can be expected after the surgery as healing is dependent on the patient’s skin condition. Our doctor closes the incision in a very precise manner, so after full recovery, the scarring may be inconspicuous. The incision will be from the hairline through the inside of ear, and also back of the ear
6. When can I start exercising?
You can start light exercise 3-4 weeks after the surgery. Please avoid any extreme sports and sauna for 2 months after the surgery.
7. Is High-SMAS facelift a permanent procedure?
Yes, the result is permanent, but no one can stop from aging. Therefore, the skin will continue to age gradually even after the facelift.
8. Why are drainage bags on me? Is it necessary?
Drains are placed to collect excessive fluid after the surgical facelift. Although it can be uncomfortable, the drainage bags are important for a faster healing process. The drainage bags are usually removed after 3 days or more, depending on the patient’s condition.
9. When can I go out in the sun? Get my hair dyed?
You should avoid the sun for several reasons. Sunlight can cause pigmentation of the incisions, and strong sunlight can even cause more swelling.
You may dye/perm your hair after about 1 month when all the incision areas are somewhat fully healed.
10. I don’t think I need a neck lift. Why does the doctor suggest a neck lift for me?
Undergoing a facelift cannot address the saggy skin under the chin and neck area. Sometimes both excess fat tissues and skin need to be removed by laser liposuction and a neck lift.
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