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Facelift FAQs

Where is the surgery performed?
The surgery is performed at ambulatory surgery centers that are accredited by the Association for ambulatory healthcare and Medicare and are located on or near campus of major hospitals where the doctors have admitting privileges

What type of anesthesia do you use?
Most often general anesthesia, although mini facelifts may be performed with local anesthesia and sedation.

Will I be charged for follow up appointments? Is the cost of medications included in the final cost?
There will be no charge for postoperative appointments. Medication costs are not included but may be offset by your health insurance.

When can I eat after surgery?
You will be able to have liquids the night of surgery, and progress as tolerated to solid food.

When can I drive?
When you are no longer taking pain medication.

How long is the surgery?
Typically, face lift surgery takes 3 to 4 hours. It may be longer if combined with other procedures.

Under what circumstances do I need to say overnight?
If a patient wishes, they may stay overnight. For longer procedures, Dr. Pinsky may advise the patient to stay overnight.

What are the risks involved in the procedure?
Risks include bleeding, infection, as well as injury to the nerves that control the facial muscles. Other risks include poor healing, widened scars, changes in the hairline, and asymmetry.

When can I color my hair?
Two weeks after your surgery.

How long until I can go back to work?
Within 2-3 weeks your bruising will have resolved and you will be able to resume working.

How long will the results last?
This depends on the type of facelift performed, the quality of your tissues, and how healthy your lifestyle is.