Four Main Risks of Facelift Surgery

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Any medical or cosmetic surgery comes with risks attached. Facial plastic surgery is no different. Therefore, careful selection of the surgeon and the facility used is of utmost importance. Dr. Cory Torgerson is not only an ear, nose, and throat surgeon (otolaryngologist), but he has also achieved certification with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in head and neck facial plastic surgery. This validation took years of additional study. His substantial experience, attention to detail, and artistic ability are solid foundations that any potential client can put their trust in.

Dr. Torgerson’s private surgery centre in the heart of Toronto has achieved the highest rating (Level 3 Surgical Facility) with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), the governing body that regulates surgical facilities in Ontario. There are four main possible risks associated with facelift surgery. The first one is the possibility of infection. Our private clinic ensures a sterile operating theatre, equipment, and techniques. Cleanliness is adhered to in every aspect of the operation and aftercare of the patient. Bandages are removed within 24 hours, and antibiotics are prescribed immediately following surgery to protect against infection. Bleeding is another issue that Dr. Torgerson does everything possible to guard against. A lot of blood vessels are disturbed in facelift surgery, so attention is given to properly enclose them during surgery and to guard against the possibility of bleeding after surgery. Wounds may heal slowly due to excessive bleeding. Prior to surgery, patients are given specific instructions on certain medications, herbal supplements, and activities that can thin the blood, making a patient more prone to bleeding during surgery. If patients adhere to the pre-operative instructions, it can help curb this possible risk.

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A facelift causes many facial nerves to be disturbed as well. This poses the risk of nerve injury. Our facial movements such as talking, eating, and even blinking are controlled by nerves. If nerve damage does occur, it is possible for them to regenerate, but there is a marginal risk of some damage. This is another reason why choosing a facial plastic surgeon who is an expert in the face rather than a general plastic surgeon (a specialist in the body) is an important consideration for any facelift patient.

The fourth main risk of facelift surgery is scarring along the incision lines.  This is where it is, again, invaluable to choose an experienced facial plastic surgeon such as Dr. Cory Torgerson. After careful evaluation of the hair line, shape of the face, and the results the patient wants to achieve, he is able to place each tiny incision in the most inconspicuous area.

Although the surgery may have been successful, it is essential for any facelift patient to follow post-operative instructions explicitly. The advice the surgeon gives should be taken seriously to ensure optimum results.

Finally, it is most important to note that serious facelift surgery complications are rare and are minimized when the right expert, a Facial Plastic Surgeon, is chosen to perform the facelift. As such, Dr. Torgerson and his accomplished staff are committed to ensuring that your experience is successful from start to finish!

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