Facelift Surgery Risks

Facelift Surgery Risks

Posted on November 18, 2015


Woman with blue eyesFacelift cosmetic surgery is considered a relatively safe procedure, but certain risks are inherent to any surgical procedure. Patients should be aware of these risks in order to make an informed choice about facelift. It is equally important to choose a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon to minimize the risk of complications in facelift.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Fiala provides facelift and various other aesthetics procedures. Patients in Orlando, Altamonte Springs, FL, and surrounding communities have an opportunity to receive state of the art treatments at their practice.

Common Side Effects

While the impact of potential side effects will vary individually, but the common side effects involved in facelift cosmetic surgery are as follows:
Most patients will experience mild pain and discomfort in the first three to four days following facelift. This can be addressed with pain medications prescribed by the surgeon. Temporary numbness and skin discoloration may also occur, which will go away on its own.
Swelling and Bruising
Initial swelling will be pronounced, but it will begin to subside quickly as the body starts healing. Bruising will subside completely in about a week or 10 days. However, swelling will take several weeks to disappear completely in case of a traditional facelift surgery.
When facelift is performed by an experienced plastic surgeon, the visibility of scars will be minimized because the incisions are placed minimally in discreet areas. Much of the scarring will be covered above the hairline, and most patients are unlikely to experience in any major concerns with scarring after a facelift. Dr. Fiala receives patients from Orlando, Altamonte Springs, FL, and nearby areas for facelift and other aesthetics procedures.

Common Post-Surgery Risks

Typical risks common to any surgery are as follows:
Anesthesia Reaction
General feeling of sickness and nausea are common after receiving anesthesia. In very rare cases, an allergic reaction to anesthesia may occur.
Hematoma refers to bleeding under the skin, which can cause painful swelling. This risk can be minimized by placing drains under the skin for the first week after surgery.
Uncontrolled bleeding may occur in rare cases. Prior medical tests to choose the right candidates can minimize this risk.
The risk of infection is inherent to any surgical procedure. Administering of antibiotics and keeping the surgical area as well as post-op recovery room sterile will cut down this risk.

Risks Specific to Facelift

Rare risks that are related to a facelift surgery include:
• Nerve injuries that can disturb the function of facial muscles.
• Poor healing, particularly in patients who smoke.
• Unsightly scarring.
• Temporary development of crusts over the incisions.
• Numbness or tingling sensation in the incision areas.
• Skin discoloration or skin loss in rare cases.
In the specific case of men, it may become necessary to shave behind the neck or ears in certain cases where the beard-bearing skin has been altered due to facelift surgery. Most of these risks are usually rare or temporary in a facelift.
For more information of the treatments and procedures offered at this Plastic Surgery Center & Orlando Medical Spa by Dr. Thomas Fiala please contact us at (407) 339-3222 or visit www.plasticsurgeryinflorida.com ;coolsculptinginorlando.com


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