Facelift Risks and Side Effects

by Trudi Schrieber

Facelift Risks and Side Effects

By definition, a facelift is a procedure designed to lift and tighten loose facial skin, creating a smoother, more youthful appearance. The procedure can vary greatly depending on the goals of the patient and the technique of the plastic surgeon conducting the facelift. However, in all cases, prospective patients should be aware of the potential risks of facelift surgery. While rare, these risks can be serious, meaning anyone considering a facelift should discuss their risk factors with a doctor during a consultation before electing to undergo the procedure. Most facelift risks and side effects can be greatly reduced simply by following the three steps below.

1. Most importantly, selecting a facelift surgeon who is board-certified and reputable in the field will help you ensure your safety. When you choose a doctor with extensive training and experience, you’re selecting a someone with the skill to perform the surgery in the safest manner possible.

2. Be honest and thorough when discussing your medical history with your cosmetic surgeon. In some instances, a prior condition may make the surgery dangerous, and your physician will be able to suggest alternative treatments.

3. Listen to your surgeon and follow his or her instructions carefully.

Okay, so you’re prepared to take these steps, but what exactly are the risks involved in a facelift procedure?

General Plastic Surgery Risks

While your doctor will discuss your face lift risks and complications with you thoroughly, there are some general risks of plastic surgery that are always worth noting. These include the potential for a bad reaction to anesthesia (such as trouble breathing), as well as prolonged bleeding and infection. Again, these are rare but notable risks that are associated with all surgeries. Other possible complications may include hematoma, or a pocket of blood that forms under the skin, nerve damage, wounds that don’t heal properly, and prolonged numbness.

Specific Risks of Facelift Surgery

Individuals undergoing facelift surgery are most often happy with their results. There are some potential aesthetic risks, however, associated with a relatively small number of facelifts. These include skin pigment changes, scarring, and asymmetry. It is important to understand that smoking significantly increases these and other risks associated with facelift procedures, as do a number of other pre-existing conditions or activities. This makes it all the more imperative to be upfront and thorough when discussing your medical history during your facelift consultation.

When you select a highly-trained, experienced plastic surgeon, you will significantly reduce the possibility of any of the above complications or side effects. Plastic Surgery Portal works only with qualified, board-certified physicians, who will determine whether a facelift is a viable option for you, and will give you the guidance to help minimize potential risks. Plastic Surgery Portal can help you find a top local plastic surgeon specializing in facelift procedures, so feel free to contact us to arrange a private consultation today!

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