The potential risks of facelift surgery are the same as with any form of surgery, but most facelift procedures are completed without any problems at all. It is possible to experience bleeding or an adverse reaction to the anaesthetic. During the first few days after a cosmetic surgery facelift, infection of the wounds can cause complications and there is a slight chance of developing a deep vein thrombosis. It is important to bear in mind that these complications are relatively rare, but the facelift surgery information from your surgeon will explain the risks in detail.
Occasionally, some people suffer bleeding under the skin just after their facelift and this can cause a painful dark red swelling called a haemotoma. Further surgery is sometimes required to stop the bleeding and remove clotted blood. In this case, antibiotics would also be given to reduce the risk of infection.
Facelift surgery has some side effects, most of which are short-lived. Many people feel sick and dizzy for a few hours after waking up from the anaesthetic. Pain is not usually severe and can be relieved by over-the-counter painkillers, but the bruising can take several days or even weeks to subside completely.