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Mature Older Woman with Bare ShouldersAre you getting ready to rejuvenate your face and erase your signs of aging through a facelift? If so, we recommend you consider the following list as you go through your consultation process at Clearwater’s Moraitis Plastic Surgery and prepare for your surgery day. 

  1. Pinpoint Your Motivation

Before you commit to any plastic surgery, Dr. Moraitis recommends his Clearwater patients know why they want the procedure in the first place. Your reason for desiring a facelift might be that you feel like your facial appearance makes you look older than you actually are or feel inside. You might also want to regain the more youthful appearance that you had in the past. All of these are very common reasons that patients express wanting facial rejuvenation surgery. 

  1. Set Realistic Expectations

You’re never going to look 16 again, but Dr. Moraitis may be able to craft results that make you look as much as 10 years younger than you actually are*. Make sure your surgical wishes are realistic before you commit to plastic surgery.

  1. Consider Your Current Emotional State

It’s normal to get emotional as you age, especially if you’re going through life-changing events like sending a child off to college, getting a divorce, or going through a separation. If life is hectic right now, Dr. Moraitis would rather you spend time on feeling emotionally better before making the decision to have plastic surgery. Waiting for a facelift even six months or a year is in your best overall interests, which is what Dr. Moraitis is ultimately concerned about as your physician. 

  1. Line up Your Support System

If you’re certain you’re ready to move forward with surgery, start coordinating recovery times with your family and friends. The initial week after your surgery you’ll need to rest and having extra hands around the house to help will make all the difference.

  1. Determine How You’ll Finance Your Surgery

Because a facelift is typically performed in middle age, Clearwater men and women usually have a variety of methods available to them to cover the cost of the surgery, which insurance usually does not cover. When in doubt on the best financial vehicle to use, give your trusted financial advisor a call for some expert money advice.

  1. Talk to Dr. Moraitis About How to Best Mitigate Normal Surgery Risks

All surgeries come with some degree of risk. Talk to Dr. Moraitis about the steps you can take to keep surgery safe, like fasting before undergoing general anesthesia, stopping blood thinners if at all medically possible, and stopping nicotine usage at least 4 weeks before elective surgery.

  1. Remember This May Not Be Your First and Only Facelift

Clearwater patients need to remember that the aging process never stops. This means a decade or so from now; you may desire a follow-up procedure to rejuvenate your results.

  1. Communicate Your Desired Results to Dr. Moraitis Very Clearly

Aside from being concerned about your overall health and well-being, Dr. Moraitis wants to provide you with results you’ll love. The only way he can know what will make your heart smile is if you clearly communicate the type of results you’re hoping to achieve, so he can form a surgical plan to attain them.

  1. Disclose All Your Health Information to Dr. Moraitis

As your physician and plastic surgeon, Dr. Moraitis needs to know your full medical history, even if you don’t think it’s at all relatable to getting a facelift. The more knowledge Dr. Moraitis has about your health, the better he’s able to care for you.

  1. Plan for Your Recovery Process

Because you’ll be receiving general anesthesia on surgery day, you won’t be allowed to drive yourself home. In addition to having a driver on hand, you’ll also want someone to stay with you the first few days after surgery as you rest and relax – which is the best way to promote fast healing.

Contact Moraitis Plastic Surgery With Any Other Questions

If you have any additional questions on how to prepare for surgery day, just ask! Our team at Moraitis Plastic Surgery in Clearwater is happy to help and wants you to feel fully prepared for your plastic surgery.

Simply call us at (727) 773-9796.

*Individual results may vary.