Risks of Undergoing Facelift
Every surgery comes with its own inherent risks
A facelift is not immune to these risks. Some of the top facelift risks associated with this procedure include:
- Hematoma-blood that collects under the skin and must be removed by a doctor
- Negative reactions to anaesthesia
- Facial nerve damage
- Tissue death
- Alopecia (hair loss at the incision)
Moreover, not to be overlooked is the risk of death from the surgery. Many estimates state that more than one death per 1,000 surgeries occurs. This is a high death rate considering the nature of the surgery itself.
Once your surgery is complete, your doctor may insert a tube under the skin around your ear to drain out any blood that may pool there. This will then be removed within two days of the surgery. Your head will remain wrapped for a few days to prevent swelling. The stitches from your surgery will be taken out in roughly a week’s time.
While facial bruising and swelling is common, it typically goes away after a few weeks. Numbness of the skin is completely normal, and will recede within a few weeks as well. You can expect some pain after the surgery, which is normal, and can be relieved by medications like Tylenol. To reduce swelling, it is best to keep your head elevated and remain as still as possible. Strenuous exercise and excessive sunbathing are also forbidden during this period.
A facelift can be a godsend to those who are ageing quicker than they might like, but it is important to remember their results are far from permanent. Over time, the body will begin to show signs of ageing again with wrinkles and saggy spots showing their ugly head here and there. You can simply go under the knife again and have another surgery to undo the effects of time.