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Understanding Facelift Risks

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Key Takeaways:

  1. Facelifts can offer long-lasting results, but also come with risks such as infection, hematoma, nerve damage, and scarring.
  2. Factors such as age, smoking, pre-existing medical conditions, medications, and skin type can increase the likelihood of risks.
  3. To minimize risks and maximize the chances of a successful facelift, choose an experienced and certified plastic surgeon, follow pre- and post-surgery instructions, and be candid about your medical history.

Understanding Facelift RisksAs you peer into the mirror, searching for the face of your youth, the idea of a facelift might flutter into your thoughts. A facelift – medically known as rhytidectomy – is a cosmetic surgical procedure aimed at rejuvenating the facial appearance by reducing sagging skin and wrinkles. However, before you commit to going under the knife, it’s essential to understand the risks involved. This article aims to provide a comprehensive guide through the benefits and risks of undergoing a facelift, and how to minimize those risks

Benefits of Facelift

Many have sung the praises of facelifts, marveling at the procedure’s ability to restore a youthful appearance to the face. A successful facelift can result in tightened skin, smoothed wrinkles, and an overall more refreshed look. This improved appearance can significantly boost self-confidence – after all, when you look good, you feel good. Furthermore, facelifts offer long-lasting results, with effects persisting for up to ten years

Risks of Facelift

But, as with any surgical procedure, a facelift comes with risks. Potential complications include infection, which can arise from bacteria entering the incisions. Hematoma, or blood pooling beneath the skin, is another risk that may require further surgery to alleviate the pressure. Nerve damage is also a possibility, which can lead to varying degrees of facial paralysis. Scarring is an inevitable consequence of surgery, but excessive or raised scars may not be the aesthetically desired result. Anesthesia complications, such as an allergic reaction, are rare but not unheard of. Lastly, there’s always the risk of unsatisfactory results, where the individual’s vision of post-op perfection doesn’t quite align with reality

Factors that Increase Risk

Several factors can increase the likelihood of experiencing these risks. Age, for example, can significantly impact the skin’s elasticity and healing capabilities. Smoking is another risk amplifier, as it impairs blood circulation and hinders the healing process. Pre-existing medical conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, can also affect the surgery and recovery. Medications, particularly blood thinners, can exacerbate the risk of complications. Your skin type, too, plays a role in your propensity for scarring. And, of course, the experience of your chosen plastic surgeon can make or break your facelift experience.

Prevention of Risks

To minimize these risks and maximize the chances of a successful facelift, take the following preventative steps. First, choose an experienced and certified plastic surgeon, such as Tampa, FL’s esteemed Dr. Effie Politis. Research the surgeon’s track record, certification, and reviews. Be candid about your medical history and disclose any conditions or medications that could impact the surgery. Prior to the procedure, follow your surgeon’s instructions for preparation, which may include adjusting medications or quitting smoking. Finally, adhere to post-surgery instructions regarding care and follow-up appointments


In conclusion, understanding the risks and benefits of facelifts is crucial for making an informed decision about whether the procedure is right for you. Taking preventative measures can help minimize these risks and improve the likelihood of a successful outcome.

Politis Plastic Surgery in Tampa, FL, led by the skilled Dr. Effie Politis, provides top-notch facelift services with attention to patient safety and satisfaction. Trust the expertise of Dr. Effie Politis, knowing that you are in the hands of a seasoned plastic surgeon committed to delivering the highest quality care. Schedule a consultation today to discuss your facelift goals and address any concerns you may have about the procedure. Rest assured that you’ll walk away with the knowledge and confidence to make the best possible decision for your face and overall wellbeing.


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Effie Politis, MD, FACS of Politis Plastic Surgery brings both skill and a personalized approach to the care of her plastic surgery patients. She is board certified by
the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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