Like any surgical procedures, a mini-facelift has a risk of complications. Our Purity Bridge Consultant Plastic Surgeons take every care possible to minimise these, however, the following might still occur:
- Infection - either treatable with antibiotics, wound dressings or occasionally returns to the operating theatre
- Bleeding - safety always comes first, so this might require a return to the operating theatre to stop any bleeding
- Delayed Wound Healing - this may require a course of wound dressings or return to theatre
- Pain, Discomfort or Shooting Pains - these are temporary if they occur
- Facial Nerve Injury - this very serious complication is fortunately rare - occurring in less than 0.7% of full facelifts and even lower for mini-facelifts. Furthermore, it is usually temporary when it happens, but may take around 3-months to recover from.
- Asymmetry - there is a possibility the scar may not be perfectly symmetrical, and the surgery itself may reveal some pre-existing differences between left and right halves of your abdomen.
- Seroma - a build up of fluid may occur in the cheek or neck requiring drainage in the clinic
- Lumpy scarring - some people develop lumpy scarring that might require further intervention