Which forehead lift complications are most common?

I've heard that a loss of sensation is an expected side effect of most kinds of surgery. How often do complications occur approximately? Which ones did you experience?


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I was 52 and hated the fact that I wasn't aging as well as I had expected. I wanted to get a forehead lift, but I wanted to make sure that I knew what I was getting myself into. I spoke with a cosmetic surgeon and was told that the most common side effects include the loss of sensation, loss of movement, and loss of hair. These potential complications can happen to anyone, but they are not that common, and become even less common when your surgery is performed by an experienced plastic surgeon.

I made sure to do all of the research that I could before choosing a surgeon. I looked for a surgeon who had a lot of experience with this type of procedure and who had high patient satisfaction ratings. The more experience that the doctor has, the less likely you are to experience complications. After finding a good plastic surgeon, I went in for my consultation, and he told me that I was a good candidate for the procedure. That said, any surgical procedure can have its complications.

The most common complication with forehead lifts are headaches. With all of the pulling of the skin that happens during a forehead lift, it’s understandable as to why anyone would get a headache. You can also experience a numbness, or tingling sensation at the top of the scalp that can potentially last up to six months after the surgery has been completed. There is also the risk of eye trouble, like dryness and numbness. There can be pain around the incision, which is obviously expected. There can also be some hair loss around the incision site but it usually grows back a few weeks after the surgery is completed. Bleeding and infections are extremely rare complications.

There are a lot of scary complications like hairline loss, facial nerve damage, infections, visible scarring, uneven facial tightness, and blood clotting. That said, all plastic surgeries have a certain level of risk associated with them. The key to avoiding these side effects is to do research on your doctor, examine their before and after photos and read their reviews of previous clients. Complications are associated with an inexperienced surgeon, so pick your surgeon wisely. If you go to a consultation with an experienced doctor they will assure your of their expertise, and provide you with proof of their results because they want to help you. The average recovery time is about ten to twelve days. During recovery, it is important to follow your plastic surgeon's instructions and go to your follow up appointments. You will be able to go to work within two weeks, but general soreness will gradually decline at the four to six week mark.

Hey there! Welcome. Honesty, it's been about a decade since I started having regular Botox treatments and I do notice that there is a difference in how my muscles fire. It's like they've been "so relaxed" that they are too relaxed to move at this point. I don't personally mind it that much. I'm not a very expressive person anyway, and if it keeps the wrinkles away, so I'm all about it. I've had a couple of other cosmetic procedures done and sometimes there would be a numbness that would last for months or even a couple of years and I found that much more troubling. Like if a bug or something lands on my face, I want to be able to feel it so I can get it off! After a couple of years, the areas that I get Botox in just tingle a little occasionally. I wouldn't say I regret my procedures, but it is something to consider before you get it because the numbness does sort of lead to this feeling of being out of control of that aspect of your body, and if you're prone to anxiety that could put you over the edge.