Preparing for your liquid facelift according to your cosmetic specialist's instructions is essential to the success and safety of your facelift treatment. Although adequate preparation is not extensive and recovery is near immediate, you should still take a few steps before your treatment. Your preparation for the facelift should include at least some of the following instructions:
Diet and Exercise
Although not essential, you can make the results of your facelift appear more natural by starting to live a healthier lifestyle as soon as you decide to undergo the procedure. This entails eating a nutritionally-balanced diet and working out regularly. Getting your body more toned can help make the facelift seem less artificial. Reward yourself for the new makeover by buying a few new items of clothing that will help complement a younger, more vivacious look.
One Week Before
Most medications won't impact the success or safety of your liquid facelift, but you should nonetheless disclose all medications you take on a regular basis, both over-the-counter and by prescription, as well as any medical conditions you may have. You should also tell your cosmetic specialist about any vitamins you take and any known allergies you have. You may be asked to stop all blood-thinning medications, even aspirin, for about one week prior to your procedure.
The Day Before
A liquid facelift is a fairly non-invasive procedure, so preparing for the procedure shouldn't involve many dietary constrictions. Nevertheless, you may be asked not to drink alcohol one day before the procedure and to cut back on your caffeine intake as well. (Remember that caffeine is present in drinks such as coffee and soda pop as well as foods such as chocolate.) Like the blood-thinning medications, alcohol and caffeine can increase your risk of bleeding during the procedure.
The Day of the Procedure
The morning of your procedure, wash your face with an unscented soap and pat dry thoroughly. Do not wear makeup, lotions, ointments, perfumes or creams. Do not shave or pluck the skin the day of the procedure as this can irritate the skin.
Do not wear jewelry or watches to the procedure. Although you should not need to undress, you should wear loose, comfortable clothing you don't mind potentially getting stained just in case.
Once you know that you're going to get a liquid facelift, do not get a tattoo, particularly in the facial area to be treated. Avoid excess sun exposure and tanning booths, and wear a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. If you have a cold, allergies or sinus infection the day of the procedure, reschedule your appointment.
If you have any more questions about preparing for your liquid facelift, contact your cosmetic specialist before the procedure. Make sure that you discuss any new medical conditions and medications you take with your cosmetic specialist before your facelift.