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The Side Effects of Facelift Surgery

Posted Jan 15, 2014 by Stephen Greenberg, MD

The Side Effects of Facelift SurgeryOne of the most well-known and popular surgeries out there for aesthetic enhancement, anti-aging, and facial rejuvenation is the facelift. By undergoing a facelift, the skin around the upper cheek and eye area can be pulled tighter and signs of age will vanish. It's one of many great facial plastic surgery options out there that can make a positive difference in your life.

As with any surgery, however, there are side effects associated with the facelift. In order for patients to have realistic expectations about facelift surgery and what it can achieve, we'd like to take a few moments right now to consider the nature of these side effects and how they can be dealt with or managed as they arise.

About Facelift Surgery

A facelift is a popular facial rejuvenation option that helps remove the appearance of wrinkles and lines from the corners of the eyes while also preventing sagging and drooping of the upper cheek area.

In addition to the traditional facelift, there are plenty of other options out there for improving facial aesthetics. These lifts will target different areas of the face, such as the forehead, the jowls, and the neckline.

How common are side effects after facelift?

Side effects are common after any surgery as they are part of the natural healing process. After you undergo facelift surgery, you will experience side effects for a few weeks, though you will notice that the side effects diminish over time. Below are some of the most common side effects experienced.

Discomfort and Mild Soreness

Patients will feel a certain amount of discomfort and soreness after they undergo any surgery, which is natural. This will ease as days progress, and it can be easily managed through the use of recommended pain medications.

Swelling of the Face

Swelling is another common side effect that is experienced after undergoing a facelift. While it is most noticeable in the early days through the first week or two, it fades with time. The careful use of cold compresses as directed can help ease the swelling.

Facial Numbness

Sometimes while recovering from facelift surgery, patients will notice problems with numbness in different parts of the face. While irritating, the numbness fades gradually as the skin and tissue of the face heals.

Bruising In Parts of the Face

Since incisions and adjustments to different structures of the face cause a certain amount of trauma, bruising or blotching of the skin is to be expected. These bruises diminish rather quickly with rest and by closely following post-operative instructions.

Keep In Touch with Your Surgeon

As you recover from your facelift, you will visit your plastic surgeon for periodic follow-up care in order to monitor your recovery. During these visits, you can discuss any concerns that you may have.

You are also encouraged to keep in touch with your surgeon between visits in case there are any pressing matters that you would like to have addressed. This will allow any urgent needs to be met as soon as possible.

Learn More About Facial Plastic Surgery

For more information about facelift and your many other options out there for advanced facial rejuvenation, be sure to contact our Manhattan and Long Island plastic surgery centers today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best results with regard to aesthetics and overall wellness.

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