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The Common Side Effects of Facelift Surgery

By Hadi Rassael on June 30, 2014

At Millenium Medical here in Chevy Chase, Maryland, we always make sure that patients understand all of the risks and benefits of surgery. By knowing what to expect ahead of time, patients will have a better overall result with surgery. This is particularly true when patients know about the side effects of facial cosmetic surgery procedures such as a facelift. A facelift can have a dramatic impact for people who want to lose wrinkles, though it can take some time to heal fully and look your absolute best. Let's cover some of the basic side effects of the procedure right now.

How common are side effects after facelift surgery?

Side effects are a natural part of the healing process after any surgery. In fact, it would be uncommon if your did not experience side effects at all. You will notice the gradual diminution of the side effects you initially experience as time passes and as you recover from the surgery.

Fatigue and Grogginess

Feeling tired and possible nauseous is common after you undergo a facelift. This is often the result of coming out of general anesthetic. The best way for patients to deal with these problems is to get a lot of rest with their head at an incline in those first few days. This gives the body the necessary time and focus for healing efficiently.

Pain and Discomfort

Pain and discomfort are among the most common side effects after you undergo a facelift. This will last for a few days, dulling as you get further out from surgery. The ideal solution for reducing pain and discomfort is to take any prescribed medications or recommended over-the-counter pain relievers as directed.

Bruising and Swelling

Both bruising and swelling are also common side effects following a facelift. While bruising will fade within a week or so, the swelling can last for a few weeks, though it tends to be generally mild after the first week. The use of cold compresses will be helpful for addressing both bruising and swelling, but be sure to have the cold pack wrapped in a cloth and to only leave it on for the amount of time specified by your surgeon.

Facial Numbness

Some patients may notice numbness or a lack of sensation in parts of the fact, especially those areas that are near the incision sites. These sensations can last for weeks or even months until healing is completed. While natural, this can be off-putting to patients. Be sure to discuss these matters during follow-up visits if they remain a major concern.

Post-Surgical Scarring

Scarring is a reality with any surgery, though the visibility of scarring will vary from patient to patient based on the way they heal and the overall quality of their recovery. With a facelift, the incisions are carefully hidden along the hairline and behind the ear, allowing us to work conservatively while revising your appearance.

The Best Way to Reduce the Severity of Side Effects

The ideal way for patients to reduce the severity of their side effects and prevent complications is to follow their instructions for pre-operative and post-operative care to the letter. These instructions will ensure optimal conditions for the surgery to be performed as well as ideal conditions in the weeks and months ahead for a recovery that is safe. We will be more than happy to provide detailed instructions to you during your visit to the practice.

Schedule a Consultation for Facial Cosmetic Surgery

For more information about facelift surgery and your many other options out there for advanced wrinkle reduction and anti-aging treatment, we encourage you to contact our cosmetic surgery practice today. Dr. Hadi Michael Rassael looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you look your very best.

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