39 doctors weighed in:

What are the risks for me from facelift?

39 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery
9 doctors agree

In brief: Minimal

If you are healthy and prepared facelifts are safe and effective.
All surgeries carry risks including bleeding, infection, anesthetic risks, nerve damage, scarring and poor wound healing. Yet, these occur in very few cases.

In brief: Minimal

If you are healthy and prepared facelifts are safe and effective.
All surgeries carry risks including bleeding, infection, anesthetic risks, nerve damage, scarring and poor wound healing. Yet, these occur in very few cases.
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2 comments
Dr. James Kallman
While rare overall, postoperative hematoma has classically been considered the greatest risk of facelift. The risk is slightly higher in men, attributed to the increased blood flow to male facial skin necessary to support beard growth.
Dr. Richard Galitz
Totally agree with the above comment regarding hematoma risk and slight increased risk in men. I would add here since the past 5 years I have done all my facelifts with oral sedation and local anesthesia and the degree of both operative and postoperative bleeding in REMARKABLY less.
Dr. Barry Press
Surgery - Plastics
7 doctors agree

In brief: The usual...

There are risks that are common to all operations: bleeding, infection, anesthesia problems and death.
Complications specifically associated with facelift include numbness, skin loss, and nerve damage. Fortunately , these are all very rare.

In brief: The usual...

There are risks that are common to all operations: bleeding, infection, anesthesia problems and death.
Complications specifically associated with facelift include numbness, skin loss, and nerve damage. Fortunately , these are all very rare.
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Dr. Brian Maloney
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Facelift Risks

A facelift is a surgical procedure.
In our office, patients have a history and physical prior to the procedure. The lift is performed in a fully licensed and accredited facility, under the supervision of an anesthesiologist. We place the patient on an antibiotic for the nose and the body two days before surgery. All of this sets the patient up for success.Infection, hematoma, numbness, weakness, .

In brief: Facelift Risks

A facelift is a surgical procedure.
In our office, patients have a history and physical prior to the procedure. The lift is performed in a fully licensed and accredited facility, under the supervision of an anesthesiologist. We place the patient on an antibiotic for the nose and the body two days before surgery. All of this sets the patient up for success.Infection, hematoma, numbness, weakness, .
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Dr. Lara Devgan
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Several

A facelift is a safe procedure when performed by a skilled plastic surgeon.
Risks include bleeding/ hematoma, infection, nerve injury, scarring, asymmetry, wound healing problems, and need for revision operation. Discuss your individual risks with your plastic surgeon.

In brief: Several

A facelift is a safe procedure when performed by a skilled plastic surgeon.
Risks include bleeding/ hematoma, infection, nerve injury, scarring, asymmetry, wound healing problems, and need for revision operation. Discuss your individual risks with your plastic surgeon.
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2 comments
Dr. Richard Galitz
By far the major risk of any facelift if the method of anesthesia. Oral sedation facelifts with local anesthesia infiltration remove 95% of the facelift risk. Infecftion and nerve injury are statistically very rare. Bleeding and wound healing bare a little more common but easily managed by an experienced surgeon
Dr. Richard Galitz
Doing a facelift with oral sedation and local infiltration anesthesia of Xylocaine and .05 epinepherine cuts both operative and post-operative bleeding DRAMATICALLY
Dr. Brock Ridenour
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Small

The risks of facelift surgery are relatively small when performed by an experienced surgeon.
The vast majority of patients have uneventful surgery. Risks include hematoma, incisional scars, temporary numbness, minor irregularity and imperfect result. Catastrophic risks such as skin loss and facial weakness are very rare indeed. Ask your doctor about their personal track record.

In brief: Small

The risks of facelift surgery are relatively small when performed by an experienced surgeon.
The vast majority of patients have uneventful surgery. Risks include hematoma, incisional scars, temporary numbness, minor irregularity and imperfect result. Catastrophic risks such as skin loss and facial weakness are very rare indeed. Ask your doctor about their personal track record.
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Dr. Larry Nichter
Cosmetic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Facelift risks

Facelift risks including bleeding, infection, anesthetic risks, prominent scars, nerve damage (numbness or weakness), scarring and poor wound healing among others.
In the hands of a board certified plastic surgeon, these risks are very unusual.

In brief: Facelift risks

Facelift risks including bleeding, infection, anesthetic risks, prominent scars, nerve damage (numbness or weakness), scarring and poor wound healing among others.
In the hands of a board certified plastic surgeon, these risks are very unusual.
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Dr. Michael Kulick
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Facelift risks

Some of this depends on your health.
Assuming you are in good health, the usual risks of infection, bleeding (hematoma), seroma (clear fluid under your skin), skin loss, visible scars and nerve damage are the most common. There is also the component of patient satisfaction of the final result that comes into play.

In brief: Facelift risks

Some of this depends on your health.
Assuming you are in good health, the usual risks of infection, bleeding (hematoma), seroma (clear fluid under your skin), skin loss, visible scars and nerve damage are the most common. There is also the component of patient satisfaction of the final result that comes into play.
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Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Generally safe

Nonsmokers with good baseline health are ideal candidates for facial rejuvenation surgery.
Face/neck lift complications range from minor to more significant. Many improve with time or require minor treatment; others require more involved treatment or additional surgery. Main risks include scarring, loss of skin near ear, hematoma, infection, asymmetry, nerve injury, minimal improvement.

In brief: Generally safe

Nonsmokers with good baseline health are ideal candidates for facial rejuvenation surgery.
Face/neck lift complications range from minor to more significant. Many improve with time or require minor treatment; others require more involved treatment or additional surgery. Main risks include scarring, loss of skin near ear, hematoma, infection, asymmetry, nerve injury, minimal improvement.
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Risks are low

Typcially the risks from facelift surgery are low in the hands of an experienced surgeon.
The complications may relate to the extent of the surgery. Some minimally invasive facelifts have very few problems but may acheive subtle results. More extensive procedures may increase the potential for scarring, partial or complete, temporary or permanent sensory or motor nerve compromise, hematoma, etc.

In brief: Risks are low

Typcially the risks from facelift surgery are low in the hands of an experienced surgeon.
The complications may relate to the extent of the surgery. Some minimally invasive facelifts have very few problems but may acheive subtle results. More extensive procedures may increase the potential for scarring, partial or complete, temporary or permanent sensory or motor nerve compromise, hematoma, etc.
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Dr. Joseph Campanelli
Facial Plastic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Risks are low

The number one way to reduce risks is to choose an experienced surgeon.
Choose a board-certified plastic surgeon that does at least 100 facelifts a year. Common risks for a healthy 44 year old are bleeding

In brief: Risks are low

The number one way to reduce risks is to choose an experienced surgeon.
Choose a board-certified plastic surgeon that does at least 100 facelifts a year. Common risks for a healthy 44 year old are bleeding
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