Facelift - Risks
Rhytidectomy; Cosmetic surgery of the face
Risks for any anesthesia are:
Risks for any surgery are:
Other risks include:
- A pocket of blood under the skin (hematoma) that may need to be drained
- Damage to the nerves that control muscles of the face (this is usually temporary)
- Wounds that do not heal well
- Pain that does not go away
- Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
Although most patients are happy with the outcomes, poor cosmetic results that may require additional surgery include:
- Unpleasant scarring
- Asymmetry of the face
- Fluid that collects under the skin
- Irregular skin shape (contour)
- Changes in skin color
- Sutures that become visible or cause irritation
- Reviewed last on: 10/15/2009
- David A. Lickstein, MD, FACS, specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
Baker SR. Rhytidectomy. In: Cummings CW, Flint PW, Haughey BH, Robbins KT, Thomas JR. Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery. 4th ed. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby; 2005:chap 30.
Miller TR, Eisbach KJ. SMAS facelift techniques to minimize stigmata of surgery. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2007;40:391-408.
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