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What should you expect during a consultation for a facelift?

shutterstock_102216937-300x197 What should you expect during a consultation for a facelift? | Northern VirginiaOver the last few years, facelift plastic surgery has become one of the more popular plastic surgery procedures to restore a youthful facial appearance.

The pre-op consultation is an integral part of the facelift procedure, and it constitutes the basis of an individualized surgical plan.

Modern Body Contouring & Laser Center, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides facelift to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and surrounding communities.


Determining Candidacy

The surgeon will establish the patient as a candidate for a facelift and assess their health records and current medical status.

They may also make adjustments to the patient’s current medication schedule in consultation with the prescribing doctor if necessary.

In addition, the surgeon may order some medical or allergy tests for specific patients. They will evaluate the patient’s facial skin laxity, age, and body profile before determining if the patient needs to undergo only a facelift or a combination of treatments along with the facelift such as upper face procedures or non-surgical treatments such as Botox.


Patient Education

The patient can make the right decision as well as feel more reassured about the procedure if they have a clear understanding of what the surgical process involves. During the consultation, the patient should freely ask any questions that they may have about the facelift plastic surgery or the surgeon’s practice.

A responsible surgeon will provide the patient with accurate answers and make sure that they have a thorough understanding of the procedure.

If the surgeon recommends procedures such as an eyelift, brow lift, neck lift, or non-surgical treatments along with the facelift, they will offer the patient the reasons for their recommendations to enable them to make a judicious decision.


Discussing Patient’s Objectives

The surgeon’s understanding of the patient’s reasons for seeking facelift surgery and the areas of the face that they are unhappy about form a vital part of the consultation process.

On their part, the patient should provide accurate feedback on this facet. They should openly offer the surgeon details on their aesthetic desires and goals.

With a complete understanding of the patient’s requirements, the surgeon will create a personalized facelift surgery plan that incorporates this feedback.

A committed surgeon will not adopt a “cookie-cutter” approach to facelift surgery. They will individualize the procedure depending on the unique facial and anatomical needs of the patient.

Assessing Health and Facial Anatomy

A facelift plastic surgery is an invasive procedure and one where the patient should be in good general health to be resilient for the surgery and anesthesia. The surgeon will assess the patient’s medical records and ask questions about any pre-existing health conditions.

The patient, on their part, should openly reveal these details to the surgeon. If the surgeon detects any untreated skin infections in the facial or neck area, they will need such infections to be addressed before scheduling the procedure.

In relation to this, the surgeon will assess the patient’s weight, age, measurements, facial fatty deposits, skin type, degree of skin laxity, and the structure of the face and jaw. This evaluation will help them determine an appropriate surgical technique or a combination of facial procedures.

Plastic surgeons at MBody receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and nearby areas for facelift.

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit

Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Fredricksburg, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Maryland Richmond, VA and surrounding communities.

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