Different Steps to a Facelift Procedure
Step 1. Anesthesia
During the surgical procedure, your doctor will administer anesthesia, either via intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, to help you relax. Your doctor may also recommend what would work best for you from the provided options.
Step 2. Incision Process
Depending on what type of facelift you receive, your surgeon may make incisions in the following areas during surgery:
- At the temples of your hairline
- Close to your ears
- At the base of your scalp
- Below your chin
- In your mouth
The size of the incisions will also differ depending on the type of facelift you have. Before the surgery, your surgeon will go over all of this with you.
Step 3. Closing the Incision
Following the procedure, your doctor will use one of the following methods to close the incision(s):
- Dissolvable stitches
- Stitches that must be removed after a few days
- Skin glue
When the incision lines from a facelift have healed, they are hidden within the hairline and the natural contours of the face and ear.
Expect swelling and bruising, as well as mild to moderate pain and discomfort. This is why your doctor will also be administering some antibiotics to prevent the buildup of any infection. A compression garment will also be helpful with swelling reduction.
Possible Risks and Complications of a Facelift Procedure
Like any other surgical operation, there are possible risks and complications that may come at stake. Infection, heavy bleeding, and adverse reactions to anesthesia are a few of the common ones in any major surgery.
Despite being rare, other facelift risks and complications include the following:
- Nerve injury
- Skin and hair loss
- Prolonged swelling
- Slow healing process and other wound healing issues
- Skin color irregularities
- Numbness (changes in skin sensation)