Facelift Surgery (Rhytidectomy) Risks and Safety

Facelift Surgery 

body 10Advancements in surgical techniques have made procedures such as facelift cosmetic surgery safer than ever before. But some types of risks will inevitably remain associated with a surgical procedure such as facelift. The patient should have clear knowledge about the potential risks and safety aspects so that they can make an informed choice.

Dr. Amir Nasir is a board certified plastic surgeon providing facelift and other surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Dr. Nasir will apprise the patient about all aspects of facelift, including its risks and potential complications, during the pre-op consultation. Patients in New Haven, Westport, CT, and surrounding communities across the landscape have an opportunity to receive facelift surgery from Dr. Nasir.

Facelift Risks

Some of the risks that are typically associated with facelift plastic surgery may include:

Adverse Anesthesia Reaction

Anesthesia procedures have become very safe over the years, but in exceptional circumstances, general anesthesia may still cause difficulties. A patient with an underlying health condition will be an increased risk of poor anesthesia reaction. A qualified and stellar anesthesiologist and surgeon will generally be able to anticipate the reaction early and address it effectively.


Some amount of infection risk is unavoidable in any surgical procedure. The risk can be minimized if the surgery center follows stringent standards of sanitation and cleanliness. Temporary drain tubes may be placed after the facelift surgery to reduce post-operative infection risks. Antibiotics may also be prescribed for the first week of recovery.


Sometimes bleeding may occur under the skin after facelift surgery. This can cause pain, discoloration and swelling. If the condition of hematoma is severe, it may have to be treated surgically. The surgeon can minimize this risk by placing temporary drain tubes under the incision areas for a few days to collect excess fluid.

Nerve Damage

In a rare case, a facial nerve may sustain a cut or a nick while the surgeon is performing the procedure. This can lead to numbness or even facial paralysis in the affected site. But the damage is usually reversible. An experienced surgeon can minimize the risk by maintaining a carefully balanced and conservative surgical approach to facelift.

Unfavorable Scarring

While some amount of scarring will be unavoidable, the surgeon can manage to hide most of the scars in inconspicuous locations. Some of the marks may become more visible if the incisions have not been sufficiently hidden in the hairline or behind the ears. Dedicated cosmetic surgeon Dr. Nasir receives patients from New Haven, Westport, CT, and nearby areas for facelift.

Minimizing the Risk

A conservative surgical approach should be adopted in order to maintain balance between safety and cosmetic aspirations of the patient. The surgeon should inform the patient about the pros and cons of all surgical approaches, and encourage them to adopt a conservative approach.

The patient should be prepared to diligently follow the surgeon’s pre- and post-surgery instructions for safe and desirable outcomes. Smoking and use of blood thinners and certain other drugs should be strictly avoided for a certain time period as per the surgeon’s advice.

To learn more about plastic surgery procedures and non-invasive treatments performed by Dr. Nasir at Lotus Cosmetic Surgery Connecticut click here to contact us or call (203) 221-1919.

Dr. Nasir is a Cosmetic Surgeon in Fairfield County serving the towns of Westport and Fairfield locally as well as surrounding communities. We also serve patients from all over Connecticut, regionally, including many from New York City, as as well as international patients.

Contact Us

Amir Nasir, MD, Plastic Surgeon
Lotus Cosmetic Surgery Connecticut
SlimStart Lipo Center
One Morningside Drive North, Building B
Westport, CT 06880
(203) 221-5809