Avoiding Risks of Facelift Surgeries

If you are seeking to undergo a facelift surgery in Florida you are well on your way to feeling more confident about your appearance, but you must make sure that you do your homework in order to achieve the best possible results from your surgery. This is by no means a simple surgery, so you must take this seriously and ensure that your safety is top priority.

Overall, a facelift helps you look as young as you feel! A consultation with a board certified facial plastic surgeon can help you determine if you are an appropriate candidate.

You should be in good general health before you undergo a facelift surgery. Any underlying diseases or conditions such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes or asthma must be controlled to maximize your cosmetic results and minimize your risk of complications.

Your surgeon develops a plan for your facelift as per your skin’s elasticity and your bone structure (a strong jaw line and well-defined bone structure are considered for this facial plastic surgery). The surgeon examines your hairline to plan incision placement. Sometimes other procedures may be combined with your facelift. These include brow lift or eyelid surgery. Such options need to be discussed during your consultation.

All facial plastic surgeries have risks, and a facelift surgery is no exception. The good news is that serious complications during facelifts are considered rare and other complications and risks can be prevented if you follow the instructions of your board certified surgeon carefully. Facelift risks and complications may include:

  • Excessive scarring
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Hematoma or blood clotting
  • Surgical infection
  • Poor wound healing
  • Anesthesia risks

Your facelift risk profile is individualized. There are people who may be more prone to developing thick raised scars (keloids) than others, while others may be more predisposed to developing blood clots.

The best way to maximize your aesthetic results and minimize the risk of complications mentioned above is to choose a board certified facial plastic surgeon and take their pre and post surgery advice seriously.

Do not leave anything out — even if it seems trivial to you — when you discuss your medical history with your surgeon. Be honest about your past medical problems (familial and personal), your smoking and drinking habits, all medications or supplements that you take on a regular basis, and any other questions your surgeon may ask.

Dr. George H Pope, MD, FACS is a well-known plastic surgeon certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is also a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. With experience of over 20 years in plastic surgery, Dr. Pope uses the safest procedures for all facial plastic surgeries including facelift and nose jobs in Orlando. Contact us at Pope Plastic Surgery for an appointment with Dr. Pope.

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