Before the operation
It is most important to give up smoking. This can have a serious effect on the blood supply to the skin and cause areas of skin on the face to become black and scarred following surgery. It is also useful to be at one’s chosen weight or even somewhat underweight, as weight loss subsequent to the surgery can allow further wrinkling to occur.
One should avoid taking aspirin or aspirin containing pain medication as this can increase bleeding following surgery. The operation itself takes about two hours to perform and your surgeon would assess if you are fit to undergo such a procedure.
If you know that you have problems with your blood pressure, your heart, or your lungs, ask your family doctor to check that these are under control.Check the hospital’s advice about taking the Pill or hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Check you have a relative or friend who can come with you to the hospital, take you home, and look after you for the first week after the operation.