A surgical facelift is a procedure in which an incision is made in the neck, and skin from behind the earlobe or lower forehead is used to tighten loose skin on the face.
A common misconception about this surgery is that it’s done for vanity; instead, there are many reasons people undergo facial plastic surgeries such as a facelift. But, as with all surgeries, risks come with the territory. So, how safe is facelift surgery anyway?
What are the known risks of facelift surgery?
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks. Some of these include nerve damage and hematoma (a collection of blood) under the skin; however, as long as a surgeon is well qualified in their field and takes the appropriate precautions to prevent such occurrences, they’re fairly low.
Patient safety should be one of your biggest concerns when looking for surgeons who will perform this surgery on you or someone close to you – always do your research!
What is the success rate of facelift surgery?
The success rate of facelift surgery is often dependent on the patient’s skin type, which can change over time. For instance, sun damage and other environmental factors such as smoking or poor nutrition may increase the risk for complications; in this case, it would be wise to consider delaying any surgical procedures until your skin clears up.
Facelifts are relatively safe when done by qualified surgeons who take appropriate safety precautions to prevent nerve damage and hematomas (a collection of blood). Ask plenty of questions about recovery length before undergoing this procedure – you’ll want to know what kind of restrictions will come with having a bandage around your neck!
When looking for surgeons to perform this procedure, make sure they have experience and are qualified in their field so that you know your safety is at its utmost priority.
What precautions do surgeons take when performing facelifts?
There are many things that a surgeon may do to make sure their patient is safe and sound during the facelift procedure. One way they can ensure your safety is by utilizing special instruments (such as hemostats, retractors, or hooks) to avoid injuring an artery or nerve.
Another way to ensure safety is by placing the patient in a position that promotes blood flow, such as sitting up straight; this will help reduce the risk of dizziness. Lastly, surgeons may also use protective devices (such as gauze) to cover and protect an area around where they’re working on your skin so there’s minimal chance for infection or other complications.
In addition, surgeons often use anesthesia for this surgery so you’ll be numb on both sides of your face while it’s being performed – making it much more comfortable!
What can you do to ensure your facelift surgery is a safe one?
The key to ensuring a safe facelift surgery is by finding the right surgeon who has had years of experience performing this procedure and taking appropriate safety precautions.
You can also make yourself safer during recovery by wearing an eye mask to avoid infection, wear loose clothing that covers your head so you’re not exposed to germs, and use ice packs or other cold compresses for swelling.
Ask questions about risks and recovery length before undergoing this procedure, and always do your research when it comes to finding the right surgeon for you.
“Do I need anesthesia? Do I need pain medication after my surgery? What kind of restrictions will come with having a bandage around my neck?” are examples of questions you may ask your surgeon before the surgery – but don’t be afraid to ask plenty more!
What precautions to take before and after surgery?
To ensure safety and minimize the risk of infection, there are a few precautions that can be taken before and after surgery.
Before undergoing facial plastic surgery such as a facelift, make sure that all necessary precautionary steps have been taken – including seeking advice from other doctors about whether it’s right for you.
Avoid aspirin or ibuprofen to reduce your chance of clotting. You should also stop smoking to have fewer post-surgery complications such as bleeding, coughing up blood from irritation on bronchial tubes due to smoke inhalation, infections like pneumonia which is caused by having decreased lung capacity; you will also feel better during recovery because cigarettes decrease oxygen flow throughout the body causing fatigue and shortness of breath).
After undergoing facelift surgery, make sure you take the necessary precautions to avoid infection or other complications.
This includes wearing loose clothing that covers your head and using ice packs or cold compresses for swelling. It’s also recommended to wear an eye mask to protect from infection as well as stay away from crowds of people (to reduce the risk of catching illness) until your incision is healed completely).
You should also follow any restrictions placed by a surgeon during recoveries such as not touching the healing area with objects like fingers or sharp instruments; this will help promote blood flow which reduces dizziness and balances problems associated with having trauma around this particular region.