Facelift risks and complications

Even though a facelift, performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, rarely leads to any complications all surgeries are associated with risks. These can be divided into general surgery risks and procedure specific risks.

You will find information about general surgery risks on the general risks of surgery information page while as the risks that are specifically associated with facelifts are described in greater detail below:
Risks with face lift surgery

Bleeding and changes in skin sensation after facelift

Complications can arise in the shape of a haematoma (a collection of blood under the skin that needs to be surgically removed)

The nerves that control the facial musculature or the ears sensory nerve can be affected by sense reduction and in some cases function impairment. However, this is uncommon and in most cases subsides within 3-6 months.

Poor healing and scarring

Patients with poor blood circulation such as diabetics, smokers or people who suffer from arteriosclerosis there is a risk that small areas of skin around the ear incision may heal poorly. This can leave ugly scars but can be corrected with further surgery.

Increased scar formation and widening scars is unusual but can occur. Generally, however, it is difficult to perceive the scars 6 months to a year after surgery.

You can learn more about scars and what you can do for them to heal nicely after your facelift on the information page about scars and plastic surgery » (coming soon).

All about facelift surgery (face lift)

Hair loss

In some cases hair loss in connection with the scars can occur. Generally the hair does grow back within six months.

You minimise the risk of complications by carefully following the instructions your surgeon provides you with before, during and after your face lift.

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