Approximately one to two weeks before your surgery you will undergo a general pre-operative evaluation at our office, at which time you will also undergo blood testing and EKG if necessary.
At that time you need to review with our staff all your medical conditions even though they might not appear to be of importance to you. The review of your eye and vision health is also crucial. We would like to know if you had previously undergone any facial surgery, eye or eyelid surgery, whether you take any eye drops or medications for your eyes or vision, and whether you suffer from dry eye. Have you ever suffered from Facial Palsy or any type of facial paralysis, trauma, or stroke?
After reviewing the procedure and answering your questions, we will give you written instructions of the medications, vitamins, or herbs to avoid for at least two weeks prior and after your surgery. These include over the counter medications or vitamins that might thin your blood and cause you to bleed excessively during and after surgery.
If you smoke, we absolutely require that you don't smoke for two weeks prior to, and four weeks after surgery, because this can significantly jeopardize your Facelift surgery.
You will be provided with prescriptions for pain medications, antibiotics, lubricating eye drops, anti-inflammatory eye drops, and nausea medications. Please have these ready in advance.
Get your house in order so that after surgery you wouldn’t be bothered with doing demanding house chores.
Have bags of frozen peas or cold compresses ready in your freezer for use after surgery.
Have your bed area prepared with many pillows or cushions to be used for propping you up. Elevation of the head after surgery reduces swelling and pain.
Arrange for adequate support for the care of your children and pets for at least the first two to three days after surgery.
You would not be able to wear contact lenses after surgery, therefore, have corrective glasses available.
Have someone reliable, preferably a family member or close friend bring you to surgery and from surgery. This person should be available to stay and assist you the night after surgery. If you don’t have such a person, please let us know in advance so that we can recommend several available after-care facilities or caretakers to you.
Have loose and comfortable clothes and shoes available to wear the day of surgery. Also if you have dark sunglasses, they will help reduce the sun glare in your eyes after surgery.
You cannot drink or eat anything except your medications for eight hours prior to surgery.
Don't drink any alcohol for one week prior to and after your surgery.
Do not wear any makeup, facial lotions, or perfume the day of surgery. Shower and shampoo the morning of surgery, remove all eyelid and eyebrow cosmetics, and don’t apply any hair gel or grease.
Bring all your medications with you to surgery.
Don't wear jewelry, necklaces, tongue rings or body piercing, wristwatches, hairpieces, false eyelashes, or contact lenses to surgery.
Dr. Younai is a Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon with experience in all aspects of Facial Cosmetic Surgery including Facelift or Rhytidectomy, eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty, neck lift, forehead or brow lift, rhinoplasty, etc. He is skilled and experienced in all techniques of facial rejuvenation surgery and strives to create a face that is natural and normal looking. During your consultation he will discuss all details including: if you are a good candidate, surgical options and techniques, potential risks and complications of surgery, pre- and post-operative instructions, recovery course, as well as what to expect after surgery. At that time Dr. Younai will also show you before-and-after pictures of other patients with facelifts, who might be similar to you.
Dr. Younai receives patients from the Northern as well as the Southern California region. Some of these cities include Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Hollywood, Burbank, Pasadena, Glendale, Valencia, Palmdale, Fresno, and Oxnard.
Dr. Younai performs his surgeries at the Regency Surgery Center which is certified by Medicare, AAAHC, and AAAASF. This state-of-the-art facility is located in Encino, and near Sherman Oaks, Calabasas, Woodland Hills, Thousand Oaks, and Westlake Village.