All cosmetic surgery procedures involve a certain degree of risk. However, such risks are minimal in a relatively minor procedure such as a forehead lift. It is vital that the patient discusses their health history including any pre-existing conditions with the surgeon before starting.
The surgeon can determine the ideal surgical technique depending on the patient’s health and personal goals. At the time of initial consultation, the surgeon will discuss the potential risks and benefits in order to help the patient make a well-considered decision.
Some common risks of a forehead lift surgery are as follows:
Incisions are a part of the forehead lift procedure. This means that there is a possibility of scarring after the surgery. The surgeon will likely place the incision in the most discreet site possible, typically behind the hairline. However, certain types of brow lifts require a more substantial incision which can cause scarring.
Some forehead lift cosmetic surgery procedures may lead to a receding hairline within the surgical site. This is a common side effect of this surgery. Patients should discuss this aspect with their surgeons if this is an area of concern to them.
Poor Reaction to Anesthesia
Even minor surgeries require an anesthetic, maybe just a local one. Anesthetics are chemical agents that numb a site for surgery. General anesthesia will keep the patient unconscious during a surgical procedure. The effect depends on the type of anesthetic utilized. The risk of adverse reaction to anesthesia can occur if the patient is sensitive or allergic to a specific anesthetic.
Numbness or Loss of Movement
During brow lift surgery, there is a risk of nerves in the targeted area suffering damage. This can lead to a loss of movement in that region or a loss of feeling (numbness).
An experienced surgeon will perform the surgery precisely and use a conservative approach to aesthetic correction. This will ensure that nerve damage does not occur, and the risk of permanently altered sensation in the treated sites is minimized.
Complications during the Surgery
Even if the patient chooses a highly skilled plastic surgeon, certain risks are always associated with a surgical procedure. However, the advantage with a skilled and experienced surgeon is that they can anticipate problems early, and determine ways to minimize the risks and yet achieve the patient’s cosmetic goals. As a result, their safety and success rate is significantly high in all surgical procedures.
Complications that may occur during the first few days or weeks include:
- Change in sensation
- Accumulation of blood or fluid
- Firm skin
- Delay in healing
- Irritation from the dressings
In the long-term, the following complications may occur:
It is difficult to predict the long-term outcome of a surgery accurately. Each body heals differently which can impact the outcomes for different patients. However, most patients are happy with the outcome of the forehead lift surgery as long as they have chosen an experienced and board certified plastic surgeon. Some patients may experience the following problems with their outcomes:
- Irregularities in skin contours
- Poor scars
- Hair loss around the incisions
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