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Do's and don'ts

Our experience, coupled with feedback from hundreds of patients has taught us the best way to ensure a smooth operation and recovery. Our collective wisdom is distilled below.


What should I do before my Advanced Mini Facelift?

The most important piece of advice we would offer is to spend as much time as you need to on our patient forum. You will find almost everything you need to know there, including the tips and insider information that can only come from people who have been through the experience.

There are certain preparations that you should make e.g. booking some leave of absence if necessary, making the appropriate travel and accommodation arrangements and organising for someone to help you out at home for the first few days. Now is also a good time to take some pre-op photos of yourself - this is often forgotten. You should stock up at home with some cotton wool (to help clean the wounds) and lots of comfort / convenience food - go on, spoil yourself!

Many people like to bring a headscarf and dark glasses to wear on the way home. If you colour your hair you should do this as you will be unable to do so for 6 weeks after your operation.

A week or two before your Advanced Mini Facelift we will send you some pre-operative instructions (which you should read carefully) together with some serum to help prepare your skin for the Dermaroller treatment.


Is there anything I should not do before my Advanced Mini Facelift?

Our first piece of advice would be not to leave it too late to contact us. We are always booked well in advance and if you have a special occasion you want to look your best for (typically a wedding) then you will need to contact us as soon as you can.

You should not smoke for at least six weeks prior to and two weeks after an Advanced Mini Facelift. Smoking is associated with at least a ten-fold incidence of wound infection and skin necrosis. We occasionally cancel patients at the last minute because they have disregarded our advice in this respect.

It is very important that you avoid taking any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or anything else that can cause abnormal post-operative bleeding. If you are unsure which tablets to stop taking, please contact us directly.

You should also try not to worry too much about the procedure and recovery. Although it is perfectly normal to be apprehensive, things do go without a hitch for the vast majority of our patients. We are always here to answer any questions.

If you have used the forum to help prepare you for surgery and found it helpful, now is the time you should 'pay it forward' by recounting your own experience for others to benefit from.


What should I do after my Advanced Mini Facelift?

Our principal advice is to rest and follow the post operative instructions. It is typically patients who disregard our advice about the need for rest who run into trouble in the post operative period. You should plan a progressive return to normal daily activity over the ten days or so after your procedure.. Gentle walking is an ideal form of exercise after facelift surgery. You will also need to protect your skin from the sun for six weeks after Dermaroller treatment – we will supply you with the appropriate sunblock.

Sleeping with your head elevated for the first few days after an Advanced Mini Facelift will help any swelling resolve more quickly. A triangular pillow is very useful in allowing you to sleep propped up.

If you have used the forum to help prepare you for surgery and found it helpful, now is the time you should 'pay it forward' by recounting your own experience for others to benefit from.


Is there anything I should not do after an Advanced Mini Facelift?

The most important thing is not to panic if things are not exactly what you had envisaged or expected. Everybody experiences things differently and we are always here to help if things don't go exactly according to plan.

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