Florence Mussat, M.D.
680 N Lake Shore Dr. #1030 Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 751-9000


Am I Ready for a Facelift?

The facelift—to the common person it’s one of the most popular facial rejuvenation procedures for celebrities. But how much do you actually know about it? If you’re considering one, are you informed enough to decide if it’s right for you? The number one question you need to ask yourself before committing to a facelift is, am I ready for a facelift? Let’s make sure you are.

Who’s the Perfect Candidate?

One of the most important things to consider before getting a facelift is if it’s the right procedure for you. Perfect candidates for the facelift are people who are close to their ideal weight but have prominent jowls, sagging skin on the face and neck, nasolabial folds, and wrinkles. Their main target problems would be in the mid-face area and below. A good candidate would also have strong facial structures and great skin elasticity, while a poor candidate for a facelift would be a long-time smoker.


You need to be well stocked even before your surgery date; you’ll need a variety of supplies on hand at your place of recovery that’s easy to access. Imagine having to rush around in a panic trying to stock up when you’re supposed to be peacefully recovering from your facelift. Sounds stressful, right?

You’ll Need:

  • An incline pillow. After a facelift, you need to keep your head upright at all times to reduce swelling, even when you’re sleeping
  • A handheld mirror to check your bandages and sutures easily
  • Meals made in advance
  • Easy to digest food like Jello, oatmeal, protein shakes and yogurt
  • Gauze dressings and baby wipes
  • Frozen gel packs or peas
  • Shirts, sweaters, or jackets that open from the front (easier to put on)
  • Balms, ointments and creams for the incision

Some Other Things to Consider

You’ll need someone who can drive you home after the procedure, so enlist a responsible friend or family member to help you. If you regularly get your hair done, always do it before the procedure. It will be mighty uncomfortable to have a perm or hair coloring done while recovering from a facelift.

Finally, make sure your place of recovery is organized and calming. Make sure all your things, including appointments, bills, chores etc. are in order. Staying stress-free is also essential to having an easy recovery.

So there it is, a few things to think about before jumping into a facelift. We saved the best for last, however, since the most important thing to think about is getting an expert plastic surgeon. You can take care of that now by contacting the skilled, experienced Dr. Mussat and scheduling a consultation for the facelift.