Further Information on Facelift Surgery and Recovery
Patients undergoing Facelift Surgery usually stay a night or 2 in hospital, depending on the extent of surgery. Surgery is performed under General Anaesthetic. No dressings are required and most sutures will be removed after 7 days. Occasionally the recovery of patients who have significant neck lift surgery is benefited by wearing a chin strap garment at home for 1-2 few weeks after surgery. You can usually return to work and social life by around 10 days for Limited Incision SMAS Facelift and 10-14 days after SMAS Face and Neck Lift surgery . Routinely patients can start returning to light exercise by 2 weeks but need to refrain from more strenuous activity for 6 weeks.
All surgery carries some degree of risk – no matter who performs the surgery. When surgery is performed by a trained and experienced plastic surgeon there will be measures and precautions put in place to help lower the risk of complications occurring. If complications do occur and require further treatment or revisional surgery, then a qualified surgeon is trained to manage such complications. During the consultation, Dr Moss will carefully explain the possible risks of your surgery so that you can make an informed decision.
Different patients will heal differently, and have different pain thresholds and will therefore experience different recovery times for different activities The following possible complications – which apply to all surgeons worldwide – are listed to inform you, rather than to alarm you. A number of these risks are rare and have not occurred to date in Dr Moss’ practice. Further details on the level of any risk in your particular circumstances, including the possible impact of any comorbidities you may have, are provided in your consultation.
All patients are likely to experience some temporary discomfort/pain, numbness or altered sensation around the incisions or operated areas; bruising and swelling; skin discolouration; lumpiness, tightness, fatigue, low spirits; and nausea – typically from the anaesthetics or pain killers, which may require treatment.
General risks of surgery include wound infection, haematoma (collection of blood under the skin), abnormal scarring, bleeding from the incisions, allergies or reactions to anaesthetic agents, medications, sutures or topical treatments, delayed healing or separation of wound edges.
Specific Risks of Facelift Surgery include thinning of hair or hair loss around the scars; loss of skin due to impaired blood supply; deformity of an earlobe; damage to deeper structures, nerves or rarely paralysis; new or remaining asymmetry; skin discolouration or capillaries; irregular skin contour; psychological dysfunction or mental illness.
Risks of Anaesthesia include tooth damage; heart attack; pneumonia; blood clot in the leg or lung, and stroke. These are uncommon but could be life threatening.