Like any significant surgery, facial plastic surgery operations are real and real risks exist. Although plastic surgical risk can not be totally eliminated, it is typically effectively controlled when the plastic surgeon uses sound judgment and excellent plastic surgical technique. The plastic surgery risks for the face lift and neck lift plastic surgeries include but not limited to bleeding, infection, scar, facial and neck asymmetry, damage to underlying structures – nerves, blood vessels, and other tissues. The degree of risk will vary depending on the type of face lift and neck lift that are being performed by the plastic surgeon. The risks of the plastic surgery also include all risks associated with general anesthesia or intravenous sedation anesthesia, as well as any other surgery that is of equal duration in time. Blood clots may form in the legs; these blood clots may loosen and travel in the blood stream to the lungs (pulmonary embolus).
Fortunately with proper preoperative explanations, consultation, and examination by the plastic surgeon, these plastic surgery risks are typically acceptable for most previously morbid obese plastic surgery candidates. The plastic surgeon should spend a great deal of time reviewing the risks of the plastic surgery, as well as the operative strategy that will be used to correct the problem areas for the previously morbid obese person interested in plastic surgery.