By meeting for a consultation and following your surgeon’s instructions closely, you will minimize your risks significantly.
Learn how to avoid some of the common recovery problems many facelift patients encounter.
Persistent, Excessive Facial Swelling After Surgery
Every facelift will be followed by basic side effects of the healing process, such as bruising, redness, and swelling. Sometimes, post-operative swelling becomes more serious or lasts longer than it should. Talk with your facial plastic surgeon about when you should expect to see your swelling subside, so that you’ll know what to expect as you begin to recover. Most patients will see some improvement around four days after facelift surgery.
There are some measures you can take to minimize your swelling, so make sure they are a part of your aftercare regimen. You should always keep your head elevated, even when sleeping, since this will alleviate excessive blood flow from the head and encourage your swelling to subside. Cold compresses and pain medications can also be used under the instruction of your facial plastic surgeon. Make sure to follow his or her post-operative instructions carefully for a smooth and uneventful recovery.
Bad Reactions to Anesthesia or Medication
Anesthesia is a drug that can react with each person’s body in a unique way. Although the anesthetics and methods used today for sedation are much safer than in previous decades, allergic or poor reactions are still possible. Share your medical history in full with your facial plastic surgeon so that he or she can ensure your safety. Discuss previous reactions to medications, past surgical experiences, and any allergies you may have.
If you do react to your anesthesia, it will likely be a mild to moderate complication. It is common for patients to experience nausea, vomiting, disorientation, confusion, and grogginess as their anesthesia wears off. More serious allergic reactions can include hives, rashes, heart palpitations, and even anaphylaxis.
Poor Scarring After Facelift Surgery
Any incision will create scar tissue, so it’s not possible to have a scar-free surgery. Because a facelift deals with such a visible area, well-hidden incisions and proper healing are essential to keeping your marks as unnoticeable as possible. An expert board certified facial plastic surgeon will know the best place to make your facelift incisions to reduce their visibility later on. As you heal, it’s up to you to follow a health aftercare regimen to ensure your complete recovery. After the healing process is complete, you may be eligible for skincare treatments and procedures that can reduce the appearance of any scar tissue even further. Follow up with your facial plastic surgeon for recommendations.
Facial Nerve Damage
The human face is one of the most sensitive areas of the entire body, thanks to the large number of nerve endings located there. These nerves work together to process sensations like the wind on your face and they are very sensitive. Facial surgeries can very obviously be a threat to these nerves and one potential side effect of facelift surgery is damage to the nerves. Numbness and tingling after surgery are a normal part of the healing process that may last for weeks or months. The majority of patients will gradually regain the feeling in their faces as the nerves heal, sometimes beginning as pinching and itching.
The best way to protect yourself against unwanted side effects like nerve damage is to choose an experienced facial plastic surgeon. He or she should be board certified, knowledgeable about the procedure, and have a record of patient satisfaction. If you are concerned about nerve damage, express your concerns to your facial plastic surgeon and take his or her advice for a smooth, successful surgery.
Plan Your Facelift Consultation Today
Consult with a facelift surgeon who can explain the many benefits of facelift surgery and how to have a successful recovery. Dr. Andrew Frankel is board certified in both Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. His focus is on facial rejuvenation, specifically procedures like facelifts, brow lifts, eyelid surgery, and rhinoplasty. Since 1994, Dr. Frankel has been practicing at the Lasky Clinic and earned recognition as an expert in his field. He has many publications on a variety of topics including midface lifts, Botox, rhinoplasty, and more. To consult with Dr. Frankel, contact the Lasky Clinic located at 201 South Lasky Drive in Beverly Hills, California. Call (310) 552-2173 to schedule your appointment today.