Facelift Side-Effects

Facelifts are a proven method of reversing the signs of aging. They can restore facial contours and create a more youthful appearance when less invasive measures, such as injectables and chemical peels fail. A traditional facelift involves lifting the facial skin so that the underlying muscles can be tightened before the skin is then redraped. When done by a skilled surgeon, the results are natural-looking and can erase years from the face. Since facelifts are more invasive than other cosmetic procedures, they do pose a certain amount of risk. When undergoing any form of cosmetic surgery, it is important to choose a qualified cosmetic surgeon who has experience with the procedure in order to minimize the potential side effects and risks.

Side Effects Following a Facelift:

Facelifts are an extremely popular form of cosmetic surgery. Post-surgical side effects are generally minimal and resolve quickly. The most common side effects are swelling and bruising. Some patients find the amount of post-operative swelling somewhat surprising; however, it usually starts to improve within a few days. The bruising should start to subside within a couple of weeks and disappear within a month. There may be some temporary numbness along the incision line, but this subsides with a few days as well. Every surgical incision leaves a scar. With a facelift, the incisions are hidden under the hairline and other unobtrusive locations, so they should not be noticeable. The scars fade to a pale white over time.

In rare instances, blood can pool under the skin to create a hematoma. Avoiding anti-inflammatory drugs prior to surgery can reduce this risk. Invasive procedures do carry a risk of nerve damage, but this is rare and most nerve damage resolves quickly. A facelift can also cause temporary hair loss and skin discoloration along the incision line. Any surgical procedure carries a risk of bleeding, infection, and possible reaction to the anesthesia.

Anyone considering this cosmetic surgery should arrange a consultation with dermatologic and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Tony Nakhla, to ensure you fully understand the risks and benefits of this procedure.