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If you are noticing signs of aging on your face, a facelift can be an excellent cosmetic procedure for you to consider. This treatment targets the jawline, mouth and cheeks to give you a firmer and more youthful appearance. Here is everything you need to know to help you prepare for a facelift.

Before Your Facelift Procedure

Before your facelift procedure, there are a few steps you can take to help the treatment go smoothly. Do your research in finding a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in delivering high quality cosmetic surgery results. Schedule a consultation to learn about the benefits and risks and bring a list of questions to ask. The plastic surgeon can give you tips on lifestyle changes and instructions to help you get the results you desire. To prepare for your recovery, meal prep ahead of time and enlist the help of a friend or family member to help with errands or child care.

How a Facelift Works

Depending on your aesthetic needs, a plastic surgeon may select from a variety of techniques to use during the facelift procedure. Anesthesia is provided prior to the surgeon placing incisions around your hairline or within the creases of your ears. The plastic surgeon will remove any excess fat while repositioning tissues and lifting and tightening facial muscles. Once the facelift is complete, incisions will be closed with either skin adhesives or stitches.

Recovery After a Facelift

After your facelift, you may experience some redness and swelling for the first few days. There may be some slight discomfort and tightness with minimal visible scarring. Recovery after the procedure can take approximately two weeks. Many individuals are able to achieve optimal results and full healing about three months after treatment.

Is a Facelift Right for You?

Preparing for your facelift surgery can help ensure you achieve optimal results in improving your appearance. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Eric Cerrati specializes as an expert in aesthetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery. During a consultation, Dr. Cerrati can determine if you are an ideal candidate for a facelift and recommend the best course of treatment for your aesthetic needs. Request a consultation today.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Eric Cerrati, Facial Plastic Surgery

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Ling W.

Eric is such a great doctor! He treated me as family and was very thorough and diligent. I was very nervous but he made me feel comfortable at all times especially when undertaking a 7 hour surgery. I flew in all the way from the East Coast to see him as I heard he was the best in his field. His staff is friendly and caring. You can tell he has a good heart. I recommend!

Elizabeth M.

I am one month out from my procedure with Dr. Cerrati and could not be happier with my results. From my initial inquiry to today, both the doctor and the staff could not have been more helpful. Dr. Cerrati has a wonderful team that makes scheduling, payments, and follow up questions easy. The doctor himself is attentive, happy to answer questions and did a great job of listening to my concerns and ideas, while presenting his professional opinion in a respectful and helpful way. My recovery was a breeze, thanks to his careful techniques. At just one month, I am seeing a drastic improvement in both form and function. So thankful to have Dr. Cerrati based in my home of Utah, but I would have traveled across the country to see him!

Cinaman A.

Dr. Cerrati performed a facelift (w/ neck tightening), upper and lower blepharoplasty, and CO2 laser resurfacing for me in February 2021. I’m 3.5 months post op and the results have exceeded all my expectations; beyond what I ever could have imagined. I experienced minimal pain, swelling and bruising, after my 8 hour surgery and was ready to be seen in public in less than 10 days. Dr. Cerrati and his team are without question, second to none in their field. I have been treated with nothing but the utmost professionalism, compassion, patience, kindness and unconditional support from the beginning of my journey to today. Any questions or concerns I have ever expressed have ALWAYS been given the utmost respect and Dr. Cerrati pays attention to every detail in his patient care. His artistic talent and surgical skills are remarkable. In my opinion, he is a truly gifted plastic surgeon. The best you’ll find in the industry. If you’re considering any facial plastics procedures, Dr. Cerrati, and his team, is the place to come, even if it means traveling to do so. Thank you so much for changing my life for the better and giving me back my self confidence that I was sure I’d lost forever.

Christina A.

Choosing Dr. Cerrati to perform my rhinoplasty was the best decision I ever made! I had consultations with many other surgeons and he was who I felt most comfortable with. He really listened to what I wanted and made it look very natural. He fixed my deviated septum and performed some cosmetic work. My recovery was such an easy process! I had 0 pain and minimal bruising. I love the outcome of my nose, both functionally and structurally. I highly recommend Dr. Cerrati, you wont regret it.

Kiera B.

Working with Dr. Cerrati and his assistant Hailey, has been the most wonderful experience! It is clear Dr. Cerrati cares about helping you achieve your dreams and Hailey is the sweetest, most helpful & awesome gal ever! They both spent so much time listening and understanding exactly what I wanted done with my nose and forehead and spent time making sure I was cared for and heard. I love my results and am so happy that I chose to go with this team. I plan to continue using them for my lip and cheek injection and suggesting them to all my friends moving forward- I am soo happy I found them!

Heather J.

I would highly recommend Dr. Cerrati based on my experience with both him and his office staff. He is very professional and a perfectionist When it comes to his patients results. I researched several surgeons, and ultimately decided on Dr. Cerrati based on his reviews and before and after pictures. One month post rhinoplasty, I am no longer self conscious. I’m loving my results ( and I’m very picky) . If anyone is worried , rest assured you Will love Dr. Cerrati and his staff!