At your initial consultation with your surgeon, you will be asked to discuss your wants and desires with your face-lift. However, it is important that you have realistic expectations about the outcome of your surgery, and are properly informed about both the benefits and the risks of the surgery.
You surgeon will find out about your general health, and about your medical history, whether or not you are taking any prescription medications, over-the-counter medications or supplements. He or she will then physically examine your face, facial skin, bone structure and your neck.
After taking all this into consideration and after closely observing your face, your surgeon will talk to you about the surgical options. It is possible you may not need a face-lift and that your appearance could be improved with a more minor procedure. On the other hand, your surgeon may suggest additional procedures to complement a face-lift, such as an eyebrow lift, in order to achieve the best overall result. Computer imaging may be utilized in order to show you a visual of the changes that can be expected after the surgery.