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Facelift Risks and Safety


Facelift Risks and Safety | Houston Plastic Surgery | Cosmetic SurgeryFacelift surgery techniques over the years have become more refined and the procedure is now more predictable and the downtime has been gradually reduced. However, like any cosmetic surgery procedure, it is not without potential risks. Risks can be mitigated when the procedure is performed by a fully trained, accomplished, and percipient surgeon.

Dr. Kristi Hustak is a board certified female plastic surgeon providing facelift and various other procedures. Dr. Hustak adopts cutting edge techniques and technology to make the procedure less invasive and less risky. She provides facelift surgery to patients in Houston, Texas, and surrounding communities and cities in this part of the country.


Potential Risks

The typical risks associated with facelift plastic surgery may include:

Poor Anesthesia Reaction

Although anesthesia procedure has become extremely safe, but it can still pose risk in rare cases. If the patient has an underlying medical condition that makes them vulnerable to a reaction, it is important to plan for it in advance and consider alternatives. The anesthesiologist should be present throughout the surgery to monitor the patient’s response to anesthesia.



A bacterial infection may occur during or after the facelift surgery procedure. To minimize this risk, the surgery center should follow stringent quality standards and maintain a sterile surgical environment. In the post-operative phase, the patient should avoid exposure of the incision sites to contaminants in order to have an infection-free recovery.



In a few cases, bleeding may take place under the skin after the facelift surgery. This can lead to pain, swelling and discoloration in the affected area. A revision surgery may be necessary to repair a severe case of hematoma. To minimize the risk, the surgeon will place temporary drain tubes below the skin to collect excess fluid.


Nerve Damage

A cut or a nick in the facial nerve may occur in a rare case while performing facelift surgery. This can result in numbness or partial facial paralysis. The damage, however, is not permanent in most cases. To mitigate this risk, the facelift surgeon should adopt a conservative approach and give priority to patient’s health and safety over their personal cosmetic goals.



Some degree of scarring is unavoidable after facelift surgery. But scars can be hidden in discreet sites by a skillful surgeon. If the incisions are not properly concealed in the hair or behind the ear, small marks may become visible. Dependable and honorable female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas, and other cities and neighborhoods in this massive and economically strong state for a facelift.


How to Reduce the Risk?

Patients should ideally choose a board certified plastic surgeon for a complex procedure such as facelift. These surgeons typically invest in high quality standards and best practices, adopt latest surgical techniques and technology, pursue continuing education, and follow the current safety protocols.

On their part, the patient should have the commitment to diligently follow the surgeon’s pre- and post-surgical care instructions for their own safety. They should be forthcoming about any pre-existing health issues or specific information about smoking or certain medications that may have to be stopped temporarily to ensure complete patient safety during and after the facelift.

For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713.322.7265 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.