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Am I better off going on diet before or after facelift?

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Dr. Susan Kolb
Holistic Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: Before

Dieting is not recommended after any surgery as you need protein and nutrients to heal.
Also, your face may be more lax after weight loss.

In brief: Before

Dieting is not recommended after any surgery as you need protein and nutrients to heal.
Also, your face may be more lax after weight loss.
Dr. Susan Kolb
Dr. Susan Kolb
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Usually before

If it is less than 5-10 pounds it probably matters very little but if losing more than that it could cause facial laxity and/ or a gaunt appearance that would benefit from fat grafting performed at the time of the procedure.

In brief: Usually before

If it is less than 5-10 pounds it probably matters very little but if losing more than that it could cause facial laxity and/ or a gaunt appearance that would benefit from fat grafting performed at the time of the procedure.
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Definitely before

You want to finish all major weight loss at least 4-6 weeks before facelift surgery.
You need your metabolism to switch back from weight loss to "regular" so you can heal well. In addition, any laxity that you develop from weight loss can be addressed during surgery. It would be a shame to develop laxity from weight loss after surgery. Your surgeon will likely confirm these recommendations.

In brief: Definitely before

You want to finish all major weight loss at least 4-6 weeks before facelift surgery.
You need your metabolism to switch back from weight loss to "regular" so you can heal well. In addition, any laxity that you develop from weight loss can be addressed during surgery. It would be a shame to develop laxity from weight loss after surgery. Your surgeon will likely confirm these recommendations.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Barry Press
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends...

On the amount of weight you want to lose.
I ask my patients to be within 10-15 lbs. Of their target weight before facelift.

In brief: Depends...

On the amount of weight you want to lose.
I ask my patients to be within 10-15 lbs. Of their target weight before facelift.
Dr. Barry Press
Dr. Barry Press
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Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Facelift

It depends on how much weight you plan to lose.
Your best bet would be to have your face evaluated by a board certified facial plastic surgeon.

In brief: Facelift

It depends on how much weight you plan to lose.
Your best bet would be to have your face evaluated by a board certified facial plastic surgeon.
Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Dr. Ramon Angel Robles
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Before Facelift

You will lose volume from your face when you diet, and therefore increase the amount of facial skin laxity.
So to optimize your facelift result and pull the right amount of skin, lose the weight before your facelift.

In brief: Before Facelift

You will lose volume from your face when you diet, and therefore increase the amount of facial skin laxity.
So to optimize your facelift result and pull the right amount of skin, lose the weight before your facelift.
Dr. Ramon Angel Robles
Dr. Ramon Angel Robles
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Dr. Francisco Agullo
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Before

You should loose weight before a facelift so that your face does not droop after a facelift with weight loss.

In brief: Before

You should loose weight before a facelift so that your face does not droop after a facelift with weight loss.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
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Dr. Brock Ridenour
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Before

If you are going to lose weight, it would be more desirable to do so prior to surgery.
Significant weight loss may result in a loss of facial fat and volume that could influence the decision to perform ancillary procedures such as fat injections or cheek augmentation. It is never a good idea to diet soon after a surgical procedure when you body needs protein and fuel for healing.

In brief: Before

If you are going to lose weight, it would be more desirable to do so prior to surgery.
Significant weight loss may result in a loss of facial fat and volume that could influence the decision to perform ancillary procedures such as fat injections or cheek augmentation. It is never a good idea to diet soon after a surgical procedure when you body needs protein and fuel for healing.
Dr. Brock Ridenour
Dr. Brock Ridenour
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Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery

In brief: Facelift and diet

If you are anticipating weight loss greater than 10 lbs it is best to diet prior to the facelift.

In brief: Facelift and diet

If you are anticipating weight loss greater than 10 lbs it is best to diet prior to the facelift.
Dr. David Sherris
Dr. David Sherris
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