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- Height: 5'3"
- Age: 64
- Gender: Female
- Ethnicity: Caucasian
- Weight: 195
Face Lift Safety
Complications of Face Lift Surgery
The estimated rate of major Face lift complications is 1.8% (All other cosmetic surgeries are 2%), the most common complications are infections and hematomas. For patients undergoing a facelift alone the complication rate was 1.5% compared to 3.7% for those undergoing combined procedures, like a facelift along with another facial procedure.
According to the dictionary, a hematoma is a solid swelling of clotted blood within the tissues. This is the most common complication that comes after facelift surgery, although the risk is much higher in men than in women. High systolic blood pressure, the intake of aspirin or NSAID intake, and smoking all have been associated with the increased risk of hematomas.
Injury to Nerves
The chances are very, very low but it is possible for permanent motor nerve paralysis to occur. The current rate is 0.7 percent. The most common nerve injury is to the marginal branch, followed by the buccal and frontal branches.
The possibility of infection is extremely slim in these cases. Severe infections affect less than 0.2 percent of facelift patients. There are some predisposing factors for infection, these include: systemic illnesses, immunosuppression, or diabetes. Patients with a body mass index (BMI) of over 25 percent are also at a higher risk for infection. Patients with infection may show signs of chills, fever, swelling, excessive pain, drainage, fluctuance, and erythema.