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4 Main Risks of Having a Face-Lift

Find out the four main risks of having a face-lift in this Howcast video featuring plastic surgeon Robert J. Morin, M.D..

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We're going to discuss four important risks about ah, to, to think about prior to having a face lift. Ah, just like any other surgical procedure infection is a possibility. Ah, we commonly give antibiotics and use sterile techniques and specific dressing, changes and wound care ah, to help prevent infection, however, infection is always a possibility. Bleeding is always a possibility with a facelift as well. During the surgery, many blood vessels are encountered and it's important that the surgeon takes time to make sure that there's no bleeding during the surgery.

That being said, there's always the risk of bleeding after the surgery. A third risk to keep in the back of ah, one's mind has to do with the fact the no one's face is symmetric to start um, most likely no one's face is going to be perfectly symmetric ever, even after a facelift. So, minor contour irregularities, minor facial asymmetry, that's something that could be expected after a facelift as well. The last risk that I want to specifically address is the risk of nerve injury. There are many nerves in the face that control our muscles or facial expressions.

They allow us to smile, they allow us to speak, they allow us to eat, they allow us to open and close our eyes and lift up our eyebrows. Ah, there is a very small risk that during any procedure on the face ah, these nerves can be injured. If they're injured, sometimes the nerve can regenerate itself and a function can come back in a period of time, but, however, sometimes the injury could be permanent. So, infection, bleeding, minor facial asymmetry and contour irregularities, and the potential for serious nerve injury and muscle dysfunction are things that need to be kept in mind when considering a facelift. That being said, in general, facelifts tend to go well.

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