What are the risks of facelift surgery?

Rhytidectomy is a surgical operation and as such carries a small amount of risk.

It is frequently performed procedure and one that is very safe, but complications do happen. The main complications are:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding and haematoma
  • Adverse reaction to anaesthesia
  • Skin or hair loss
  • Facial nerve damage: this does tend to correct itself after 6 months.
  • Slow healing
  • Skin discoloration
  • Scarring
  • Numbness
  • Broken capillaries

You may notice that the hair around your surgical scars has thinned.

If you are a man then you may have to shave in new places as a result of the re-draping of skin around the neck and ears.

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