Dec 13 2013

What Side Effects Should You Expect after a Facelift?

Bethesda Facelift Side Effects

Bethesda Facelift Side EffectsFacelift surgery has come a long way since it was first introduced - procedures today are quicker and safer, with results that look more beautiful and natural than ever before. Dr. Roger J. Oldham has performed countless facelift procedures for patients at his Bethesda office, and is quite familiar with common facelift side effects. Understanding these side effects can help patients have a better understanding of the healing process while recovering from their own facelift surgery.

Common Side Effects of Facelift Surgery

After a facelift procedure, there are several side effects that nearly all patients will experience. These facelift side effects are very common and usually temporary, and include:

  • Redness and Swelling: Nearly all patients experience swelling as a response to facelift surgery, or any plastic surgery for that matter. Swelling and redness at the surgery site is part of the healing process. But stay aware: bright and excessive redness and painful swelling can be a sign of infection, and should be assessed by a doctor immediately.
  • Tenderness or Pain: Some amount of pain, or at least minor tenderness at the site of surgery, is common and expected for at least a week or so following facelift surgery. Your plastic surgeon will likely prescribe you medication to help ease this pain while you heal. Talk to your doctor about any pain that is sharp and extreme or prolonged and continuous, as this could be a sign of complications.
  • Numbness: Many patients experience numbness for a time around the site of surgery. In the vast majority of cases, this numbness is temporary.
  • Scarring: It is a simple fact of surgery that you are highly likely to develop scarring at the incision site. Because of the nature of the modern facelift, however, any scarring will probably be hidden underneath your hair.

Less Common Facelift Side Effects

While it is extremely rare, there is a potential for complications when it comes to facelift surgery. These complications can include:

  • Infection: Improper hygiene during surgery or in aftercare can lead to a bacterial infection at the site of surgery. Symptoms of infection include painful swelling, redness, fever, and an incision site that is hot to the touch. If addressed promptly, an infection can be solved with a round of antibiotics.
  • Prolonged Numbness or Nerve Injury: While most cases of numbness related to facelift surgery is temporary, an injury to facial nerves may lead to numbness that is prolonged or permanent. In extreme cases, nerve damage can lead to a permanent unevenness or loss of facial expressions.

Contact Your Facelift Surgery Specialist Today

There is risk with any plastic surgery procedure, but choosing a skilled and board certified plastic surgeon is a smart way to ensure that your risks are kept to an absolute minimum. Named a top plastic surgeon in the Washington, DC area for nearly two decades, Dr. Oldham has the experience to provide the best care possible. Contact the office of Dr. Roger J. Oldham to schedule an appointment and discuss your facelift surgery options today.

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