Facelift Surgery Safety and Risks

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Posted on November 23, 2017 under Facelift

Facelift cosmetic surgery is a fairly complex procedure because of the complex anatomy and structure of the face. An experienced plastic surgeon will ensure that the patient is made aware of all the potential risks and complications associated with facelift surgery. The goal is to help the patient make an informed decision to achieve their personal aesthetic goals. The patient will also be required to sign a consent form that declares that they fully comprehend the procedure and any potential risks and complications.

Cosmetic Surgery Associates, operating out of Bethesda, MD, and McLean, VA, provide state-of-the-art procedures such as facelifts. Patients in Northern Virginia, Fairfax, Alexandria, VA, Chevy Chase, Rockville, MD, and other areas have an opportunity to receive facelift surgery in a safe and technologically advanced environment.

Typical Risks

Some of the common risks and potential complications associated with facelift cosmetic surgery include the following:

General Anesthesia Risks

A full facelift will usually be performed under general anesthesia. The patient should be in respectable and decent health to sustain through the procedure without difficulty. The skills and experience of the anesthesiologist are also important to the safety of the procedure.

Risk of Bleeding or Infection

The patient should not be afflicted by any such condition that could promote excessive bleeding during surgery. The plastic surgeon will also advise the patient to stop taking any such medications before the surgery that could increase the risk of bleeding. Antibiotics and other drugs may be prescribed following the surgery to reduce the risk of infection.

Facial Nerve Injury

A facelift procedure involves a risk of facial nerve injury that could cause weakness in a part of the face. Corrective surgery may be required in such a case. The procedure must be performed only by a skilled and experienced facelift surgeon to avoid such risks.

Other Risks

Other risks and potential complications in a facelift procedure include poor wound healing and loss of natural facial skin in a particular treated area. At the site of incisions, temporary or permanent loss of hair could occur. Fluid or blood accumulation during recovery could lead to an infection. In some cases, the scars may be more obvious.

Prolonged swelling in the treated areas, persistent pain and discomfort, irregularities of the skin, discoloration of the skin in the treated area, and complications with sutures are other risks. In rare cases, cardiac and pulmonary complications, or deep vein thrombosis may occur. Cosmetic Surgery Associates provides facelift procedures in a safe and professional setting to patients in Northern Virginia, Fairfax, Alexandria, VA, Chevy Chase, Rockville, MD, and nearby areas.

Reducing the Risk with Skin Adhesives

The cosmetic surgeon may make use of fibrin sealants, which are also known as tissue glue or skin adhesive. These sealants are designed to hold tissue layers together and reduce post-surgical bruising. When the layers of tissue adhere together with fibrin sealants, it leads to diminished surgical bleeding. Plastic surgeons and other general surgeons have been using fibrin sealants for several years with successful results.

If you would like to learn more about plastic surgery procedures performed by Plastic Surgeons Franklin D. Richards, M.D. and A. Dean Jabs, M.D.  please visit https://cosmeticplastics.com/  or  http://breastaugmentationmd.com/

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Our Plastic Surgery Associates team includes Dr. Franklin Richards, Dr. A. Dean Jabs, and Dr. Keshav Magge. Each of our plastic surgeons is board-certified, and together they have over 60 years of combined experience. Drs. Richards, Jabs, and Magge are all highly qualified in procedures for the face, breast, and body, and pride themselves in providing excellent results through our state-of-the-art, Quad A certified operating centers