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Facelift surgery is a popular cosmetic procedure that can help you achieve a more youthful and refreshed appearance. However, it is a major surgical procedure that should not be taken lightly. Proper planning and preparation are essential to ensure a successful outcome and minimize the risks associated with the procedure.

Eric Cerrati, MD, FACS, is a Salt Lake City facial plastic surgeon with exceptional skills. He can perform various state-of-the-art techniques in facelift surgery to address droopy eyebrows, sagging cheeks, flat cheekbones, forehead lines, undefined lips, lost cheekbone volume and more.

Here is some valuable information for planning your facelift surgery with Dr Cerrati.

Learn More About the Procedure

Before undergoing facelift surgery, it is essential to understand the procedure and what it entails. A facelift involves making incisions around the ears and hairline, lifting and tightening the underlying muscles and tissues and trimming excess skin. The procedure can take several hours and may be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation.

Dr. Cerrati will discuss your goals, expectations, questions, and concerns at length in a consultation before determining which facelift options would best meet your needs. He will also explain the surgical process in some detail and what you can expect.

Prepare for Your Facelift Surgery

Preparing for facelift surgery involves several steps, including:

  • Quitting smoking at least six weeks before the procedure
  • Avoiding certain medications and supplements that can increase the risk of bleeding
  • Arranging for someone to drive you home after the procedure and stay with you for the first 24 hours
  • Stocking up on supplies, such as ice packs, gauze, and comfortable clothing

Dr. Cerrati and his team will give detailed instructions on preparing for the procedure and what to expect during recovery.

Plan for Recovery

Facelift surgery involves a significant recovery period, during which you must take time off work and other activities. Plan to take at least two weeks off from work and avoid strenuous activities for four to six weeks after the procedure. You may experience swelling, bruising and discomfort during the recovery period. Dr. Cerrati will provide pain medication and other treatments to manage these symptoms.

Follow Post-Op Instructions

Following your surgeon’s post-op instructions is crucial to ensure a successful outcome and minimize the risk of complications. These instructions may include:

  • Keeping your head elevated for the first few days
  • Applying ice packs to reduce swelling and bruising
  • Taking medication as prescribed
  • Avoiding certain activities, such as bending over or lifting heavy objects
  • Keeping the incision sites clean and covered with bandages

Planning your facelift surgery in Park City, UT, with Dr. Eric Cerrati involves several essential steps. He will discuss these steps with you and provide significant information to help you prepare for surgery and a speedy recovery. Be sure to follow his instructions to enjoy a successful outcome and enjoy a more youthful and refreshed appearance.

Contact Eric Cerrati, MD, FACS, in Salt Lake City today to schedule a facelift surgery consultation.

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

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Based on 141 reviews
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!