10 Expectations When Having Facial Cosmetic Surgery

Straight from the desk of Dr. Robert J. Smyth, MD

#1 Expect to look like yourself, only younger and refreshed.
The goal of facial cosmetic surgery in today’s world is NATURAL — you should ALWAYS look like yourself after whatever procedure you may undergo. A successful result for a lower facelift/neck lift is to look like a refreshed “younger-you” –- NEVER the tight, pulled look of the past. The Timeless Lift™ performed by Dr. Robert J. Smyth, facial cosmetic surgeon and specialist in just the face and neck area who has performed more than 3,000 facelifts, lifts the lower face and sagging jowls to provide a refined jawline, smoother neck and younger appearance.

#2 Expect friends NOT to say anything to you.
Friends and family will know you look better, brighter, happier and more refreshed, which means they may wonder if you’ve “something done”. However, they may not ask you outright, because they feel it’s rude to do so or because you look so good yet natural, they’re really not sure.

#3 Expect the incision lines to be visible for the first few weeks post-procedure, gradually fading each day until they essentially disappear. The incision lines of today’s minimally invasive facelift (Timeless Lift™) are extremely thin and artfully tucked into the natural crease that all of us have in front of our ear, making them easy to hide during the healing period. Most women simply pull down a few pieces of hair to obscure the skinny lines which, again, fade away in short time.

#4 Expect to return to work and moderate activities within 10-14 days post-procedure.
“My patients come back into the office at eight days post-facelift to have their tiny sutures removed. Most then return to work and routine activities. I recommend waiting about two weeks post-facelift to resume heavy exercise or lifting.”

#5 Expect to be able to have future facelifts, if desired.
The Timeless Lift™ not only turns back the clock a good 10 years for most people, but it lasts anywhere from six to 10 years after which it can be repeated and once again provide outstanding results. “It’s common to have patients from a decade ago come back to have another lift performed,” says Dr. Smyth. “They loved the results the first time and want to turn back the clock again to look as young as they feel.”

#6 Expect to feel anxious ahead of time.
Experiencing at least a little anxiety before a facelift, even if you’ve had one in the past, is absolutely normal. Not to worry. “My patients take a mild relaxation medication an hour before surgery, along with some light sedation pre-procedure,” says Dr. Smyth. “Patients oftentimes sleep through the procedure.”

#7 Expect to feel no discomfort during the actual procedure.
The minimally-invasive Timeless You™ facelift is performed with the patient having strictly local anesthesia and the light sedation mentioned in #5. Patients are kept entirely comfortable throughout the procedure and are spared the longer recovery and risks associated with general anesthesia.

#8 Expect to feel a sense of snugness in your cheeks and neck after your facelift.
Patients may have a bit of swelling and minimal bruising post-procedure, which can translate into their face feeling snug –– not tight and not painful. Patients are asked to apply ice packs for the first 48 hours post-op, followed by warm compresses until any bruising fades, which happens gradually and usually disappears altogether within 10-12 days.

#9 Expect to have a bandage and wrap around your face for the first 48 hours post-procedure.
To protect the face and help ensure optimal results, a soft and stretchy cotton wrap is placed over a bandage in the lower face area immediately following a facelift. Dr. Smyth removes this initial dressing at 24 hours post-procedure and replaces it with a smaller wrap for day two post—op. On day three post-op, patients can remove the smaller wrap and the healing will continue on its own. Wearing the wraps is another reason why most patients stay in for the first several days after their surgery and take this time to relax and let their face heal.

#10 Expect to feel better emotionally as well as look better.
“Lift your face. Lift your confidence. Lift your life.” That’s the beauty of a facelift. Beyond looking better, patients feel better about themselves in ways they never even expected. They often remark about how they feel re-energized, ready to get back into the work world and re-ignite their social life and friendships. We hear wonderful stories of how people renew old hobbies like dancing or traveling, or get involved in all new adventures.

For more information or to schedule a no-pressure, complimentary, one-on-one consultation, please call the Robert J. Smyth Facial Cosmetic Center––Timeless You™ Cincinnati at 513.201.8490. Visit us at timelessyoumd.com.