Why Getting A Facelift Is Riskier Than You Think

Also known as a rhytidectomy, a facelift is a popular cosmetic surgical procedure that reduces signs of aging in the face and neck. As you get older, the skin and tissue in your face lose elasticity. This can cause deep wrinkles and sagging skin that can increase the appearance of old age. When performed by a trained, board-certified plastic surgeon, this surgery can be a safe way to get a more youthful appearance. However, there are many risks associated with going under the knife.

The risks of facelift surgery are similar to those of other invasive surgeries. Patients may develop a hematoma, which is when the blood pools under the skin and causes swelling and pressure (via Mayo Clinic). This can be treated when caught early but can damage the skin and other tissues if not treated correctly. Because facelift surgery requires the skin to be cut into, scarring is another risk. Incision scars will develop but are usually placed under the hairline to hide them. However, future hair loss can expose these scars. Speaking of hair loss, this is another potential side effect of facelift surgery. The incision sites may see temporary or permanent hair loss.

There are safer alternatives to facelift surgery

All invasive surgeries come with risks, and facelift surgeries are no exception. In addition to that, facelifts don't last forever and don't do anything to actually improve the skin (via Medical News Today). Fortunately, there are many safer alternatives to this surgery that don't come with as many potential side effects.

An Ultralift is a non-invasive procedure that gives similar effects to a facelift without any incisions (via Harper's Bazaar). It uses ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen production in the face and improve signs of aging. "This has definitely transformed the perspective regarding a possible non-surgical face and neck lift, as this new technology has allowed us to deal with the musculoskeletal system of the face which is the key element in face lifting and brow lifting," Dr. Sebagh, owner of the Dr. Sebagh skin clinic in London, told Harper's Bazaar.

Other skin procedures and treatments like micro-needling, facial massages, and Botox can all improve the youthfulness of the face without the need for invasive surgery.