A facelift is a cosmetic surgery to smooth and firm facial features. It includes the removal of excess fat, skin, and tightening of muscles in the face and neck.
In most cases, a facelift can be done in a doctor’s office or an outpatient facility.
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Reasons for Procedure
A facelift is done to improve appearance by reducing signs of aging such as:
- Deep wrinkles or creases in the skin
- Misplaced or fallen fat
- Loose skin and excess deposits of fat
Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
- Unintentional scarring
- Hematoma—a collection of blood under the skin
- Nerve injury, which can create muscle weakness or numbness
- Asymmetry in the face
- Persistent pain
- Slow healing
- Blood clots
- Corrective surgery
- Failure to meet your expectations
What to Expect
Call Your Doctor
Contact your doctor if your recovery is not progressing as expected or you develop complications such as:
- Persistent bleeding or drainage from the incision site
- Signs of infection, including fever, chills, redness, or warmth
- Pain that does not go away with the medication you were given
If you think you have an emergency, call for emergency medical services right away.
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- Facelift surgery (rhytidectomy). American Society of Plastic Surgeons website. Available at: http://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/facelift.html.
- EBSCO Medical Review Board
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