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What is facelift?
A facelift is a surgical procedure that is typically used to give a more youthful appearance to the face. Technically, it is also called a rhytidectomy. This type of cosmetic surgery reshapes the lower one-third of the face by removing excess facial skin.
Some facelift procedures also include the tightening of underlying tissues. To achieve the best result, it is often combined with other additional procedures addressing the forehead, cheeks, brows and eyes. According to statistics, facelifts are increasingly popular among both men and women.
Risks of General Anesthesia - The risks of general anesthesia include human error, unsuspected inherited hypersensitivity to anesthetic drugs, accidental overdose of anesthesia, any undetected airway disconnection or airway blockage. General anesthesia, which increases the risk of vomiting and impairs protective airway reflexes, can cause aspiration of stomach contents.
Asymmetry - Moderate or severe asymmetries may require a second surgery. Mild asymmetry is normal.
Skin Death or Necrosis - This is very rare but there are increased risks in patients with diabetes, compromised wound healing abilities, history of smoking and circulatory problems. The necrotic skin will be surgically removed which may affect the cosmetic outcome.
Slow Healing - This is due to age, skin type, failure to follow doctor's advice or factors beyond anyone's control.
Numbness/Tingling/Nerve Injury - This results from injury to sensory or motor nerves which are often temporary. Transient motor nerve paralysis is more common and may be due to local anesthetic effect, excessive traction of the submucosal apo-neurotic system (SMAS), infection, or hematoma.
Hematoma - Any sudden change in color should be reported immediately. A hematoma is a collection of clotting or clotted blood in a body cavity which can cause pain, skin flap infection, etc.
Infection - Predisposing factors for infection include diabetes, immunosuppression, or other systemic illnesses. Post-operative factors include undetected hematoma and wound contamination.
Parotid Gland Pseudo-Cyst - This condition may occur after trauma to the parotid gland when raising the SMAS flap.
Hyper-trophic Scarring - Hyper-trophic scarring is most common in post-auricular areas and areas of previous partial-thickness or full-thickness skin slough. The condition may be related to excessive tension on suture lines and can be prevented by careful incision planning, adequate SMAS suspension, accurate skin flap re-draping, and judicious use of deep sutures.
Alopecia and Hairline or Earlobe Deformities - Alopecia may be caused by excessive tension on suture lines and is often transient because of the shock to the hair follicles. Recovery usually occurs within 3 months. Earlobe distortion results from poor incision placement, inaccurate re-approximation of the earlobe to the re-draped skin flap, or excessive tension on the skin closure.
Recovery Time - By the third week, you'll look and feel much better. Most patients are back at work about ten days to two weeks after surgery. If you need it, special camouflage makeup can mask most bruising that remains. Straining, bending and lifting should be avoided during the early postoperative period. In many instances, you will be able to resume most of your normal activities within two weeks and begin to exercise three to four weeks after surgery. You will be instructed to temporarily avoid exposure to direct sunlight and, for the long-term, to be conscientious about the use of a sun block to protect your skin.
Our team and our plastic surgeons take every precaution possible to prevent and minimize the risks of surgery. However, much of the responsibility for risk avoidance rests with the patient as well.
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