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Does a facelift hurt?


One of the most common questions about cosmetic surgery is how long such things as pain and bruising will last; which is perfectly natural and something that surgeons should always be happy to explain.

As the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons makes clear, you should never be rushed into a decision about a facelift, or be given an inaccurate picture of your recovery phase.

Any medical procedure involves varying degrees of risk, and that includes cosmetic surgery such as facelifts. Of course, reputable practices are careful to fully discuss these and take measures to check whether you fully understand.

After saying that, options such as having a face or necklift are relatively low in risk factors. This is why many people – when making that informed decision – are confident that the benefits far outweigh any potential issues. Having a youthful, smooth appearance across your face – with all the new self-assurance that brings – makes a little inconvenience inconsequential!

Also, most of the risks of cosmetic surgery are temporary and easy to manage, including any residual discomfort following a facelift.

Managing risks

Your ability to minimise pain and discomfort following procedures hinges on the skill of the surgeon you choose, and the standards of medical care provided by your cosmetic surgery practice.

Highly skilled professionals, using the latest technology and backed by friendly and efficient staff, are always going to be the best path to minimising pain and other issues. They invest in training and keeping up with all the latest techniques, to ensure that you are happy and comfortable, and that your expectations are fully met.

Some patients opt for cheap facelifts and other surgery, especially from overseas providers who don’t have the same quality targets and regulation as UK practices. This can greatly increase the risk factor, in terms of both your satisfaction with the result, and the amount of pain you feel after a facelift.

Facelift after-effects
If you research the methodology behind face and necklifts, you can see that it’s a relatively simple process, often done as a day case.

As it generally involves incisions in your face and neck tissue, there is the potential for some pain and swelling in the days that follow. Your skin will feel tighter and firmer, and it may take a little while to adjust to that too.

This is true no matter how skilled your surgeon is, but relief can usually be found in commonly used, household pain medicines such as paracetamol.

There are cases in which patients experience pain for more than just a few days, but thankfully these are uncommon.

If you need more information and assurances, don’t hesitate to address this issue and your personal pain thresholds when a full medical picture is created by our caring team.

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