What are the risks associated with facelift surgery?
The most common complication is a hematoma, occurring in about one percent. A hematoma is an accumulation of blood that forms a lump under the skin. It usually requires removal in the operating room but does not adversely affect either short-term recovery or the long-term result. Other problems such as infection, eye irritation, delayed healing, or excessive scarring can occur but are unusual. Facial nerve injury with weakness of a part of the face can occur on a transient or permanent basis. This is extremely rare. The vast majority of patients do not have any complications.