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What are the risks of facelift surgery?

shutterstock 26787784 200x300 - What are the risks of facelift surgery? | Beverly Hills | Los AngelesFacelift plastic surgery is a safe and proven procedure which offers fairly predictable results. But similar to any other surgical procedure, facelift surgery also has some associated risks and side-effects.

Such risks can be minimized when an experienced and skilled plastic surgeon performs the procedure.

Patients, on their part, should also follow the surgeon’s guidelines for the preparatory and recovery phases of the facelift surgery. Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes provides facelift to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and surrounding locations.


Potential Risks

Facelift plastic surgery has the following risks associated with it:

Poor Response to Anesthesia

A qualified anesthesiologist or certified nurse anesthetist will administer the general anesthesia after evaluating the patient’s fitness. In rare cases, however, the patient may have an adverse response to the anesthesia.

The anesthesiologist will be present in the operating room during the entire surgery to oversee the patient’s reaction to the anesthetic and minimize the risk.

Infection Development

Any surgical procedure has an inherent risk of infection development. However, if the surgical facility maintains top-notch standards of cleanliness and provides a sterile environment, this risk can be reduced.

During the recovery phase, the patient should prevent the exposure of the incision areas to contaminants to minimize the risk of infection.

Fluid Accumulation in Incision Site

After facelift surgery, blood or fluid can collect underneath the skin creating the risk of developing a hematoma. Patients with severe hematoma may require corrective surgery.

This risk can be made negligible by placing temporary drain tubes underneath the skin in the incision sites which the patient drains as instructed.

Nerve Damage

In rare circumstances, a facial nerve may sustain a nick or cut during the facelift surgery. This can lead to numbness, or even facial paralysis. While the damage is typically temporary, some patients may need revision surgery. However, this risk can be reduced if the surgeon performs the procedure in a conservative manner.

Unfavorable Scarring

After any surgical procedure, some amount of scarring is inevitable. An experienced surgeon will place the incisions beneath the hairline and in the natural creases of the face to reduce any future scarring. But if the incisions are not hidden properly in the hairline or behind ears, a few tiny marks may be conspicuous after the facelift.


Risk Reduction

To minimize the risks of facelift surgery, it is important that the patient works with an experienced and skilled plastic surgeon. Plastic surgeons with board certification usually focus on investing in high-quality standards and best practices.

They ensure that they are well-versed in the latest surgical techniques and pursue on-going education to hone their skills. Board certified surgeons also follow the latest safety protocols. The risks in surgical procedures are minimized when the surgeon makes patient safety their foremost priority.

In the interest of their safety, patients should also reveal all pertinent information, such as their lifestyle behaviors and medical issues, to the face surgeon. They should be willing to commit to following the surgeon’s guidelines for pre-operative preparation and post-operative recovery.


Managing Side Effects

Most side effects will resolve within a few days to a few weeks depending on the extent of the procedure undertaken. The surgeon may prescribe pain drugs to the patient to ensure that they remain comfortable in their initial week of recovery.

Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and nearby areas for facelift.

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Double Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes, please contact us at (800) 859-7509. Offices in Los Angeles and Bakersfield, CA. 

Serving Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Orange County and surrounding areas of California.

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