Mr David Crawford
Most patients (over 95 %) have a smooth recovery and a good result after surgery. However, there are always risks with surgery and the particular risks of facelift surgery include:
- Adverse Scarring
- Numbness of parts of the skin and scalp
- Infection and bleeding
- Necrosis of the skin (this is when parts of the tightened skin do not survive the trauma of the surgery) it is rare in non-smokers and healthy patients
- Damage or bruising to one of the branches of the facial nerve that enables facial expression (less than 1% risk)
- Blood clots in the deep veins of the legs (the wearing of antithrombus stockings and the use flowtron boots as well as early mobilisation after surgery help markedly reduce this risk
Mr Wesam Aleid
Adverse events are rare. One possible but uncommon risk is bleeding, which occurs under the skin. Usually this bleeding will stop using compression, and no surgical intervention will be required. Very rarely, a patient will need a blood clot removed and bleeding controlled during a very quick surgical procedure. In all cases, the bleeding is not life-threatening. Skin or Nerve damage is also reported after facelifts, and may involve sensory or motor nerves. In the former case, numbness of the face will be experienced for several months, but this usually recovers. If a motor nerve is stretched, there may be slight weakness of certain facial muscles.Infection is possible but rarely occurs because of the face’s abundant blood supply. Healing is usually uneventful unless a patient is a smoker, and nerve damage is usually temporary.
Mr Gary Ross
Infection, bleeding, skin necrosis, poor wound healing, nerve damage are just some of the risks that need to be discussed at a consultation. The pros and cons of surgery need to be weighed up in order that patients can be empowered to make a decision to proceed.