Q & A with Dilip D. Madnani, MD, FACS
HOW LONG DOES A LIFT LAST?
The procedure ‘resets’ the clock’, but does not stop it. If you compare your features in 10 years from now, you will look a lot better having had the lift than not. Other factors such as skin exposure, skin texture, smoking and your general health all play into how well your lift will last.
CAN I EAT BEFORE MY PROCEDURE?
Yes. You do not have to stop eating for my procedures. You should have a light meal before you come in and there are no specific restrictions afterwards.
WHEN CAN I SHOWER/WASH MY HAIR?
The next day.
CAN I DRIVE THE DAY OF THE PROCEDURE?
It depends on what kind of procedures we do and if you will be getting any ‘relaxing’ medications. We recommend that you have someone with you if you have any ‘relaxing’ medications or eye procedures.
WILL I BE ASLEEP DURING MY PROCEDURE?
You will be ‘sleepy” but not ‘fast asleep’. The ‘relaxing’ medications combined with my local anesthesia technique, makes the procedure very comfortable.
HOW LONG WILL MY PROCEDURE TAKE?
Anywhere from one to three hours depending on what is being done.
HOW DO I SLEEP AFTERWARDS?
I prefer my patients to sleep with their head elevated for 2-3 days.
How much does it cost?
It varies depending on which areas you are seeking to improve. We can discuss this further at our consultation.
WHEN CAN I EXERCISE OR SWIM?
By one to two weeks after the procedure, depending on what was performed on you
WHEN CAN I RESUME TAKING MY VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS?
Some vitamins and supplements, such as Vitamin E and Fish oil tend to worsen bruising, so I suggest my patients to stop these at least one week prior and one week afterwards.
HOW LONG WILL MY SUTURES STAY IN FOR?
WHEN CAN I DYE MY HAIR?
You can dye your hair 4 weeks after the lift. We do not want any of the hair dye coloring to get too near the areas we have worked on.
WHEN CAN I RETURN TO WORK?
It will vary from 2 days to 10 days depending on what was done.
WHEN CAN I START USING MY FACIAL PRODUCTS AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
Usually after 2 days.
CAN I REACH YOU AFTER HOURS IF I HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?
Of course! I am only a phone call away to answer any questions, big or small.
DO YOU PERFORM THE SAME TYPE OF SURGERY ON EVERYONE?
No, the procedures are tailored to the face. Like a bespoke suit, the attention to detail determines the final outcome and the details vary between patients.
DO YOU PERFORM FACELIFTS ON SOMEONE WHO HAS HAD IT BEFORE?
Yes, I routinely perform secondary lifts, whether it is a patient that had a prior lift many years ago and wants to keep up their appearance or whether a patient wants an improvement on a recent procedure.
DO YOU SHAVE HAIR WHEN YOU DO A FACELIFT?
DO YOU USE DRAINS WHEN YOU DO A FACELIFT?
I rarely use them.
WIILL I STILL LOOK LIKE ME AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
Yes; a more refreshed, younger looking you!