Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Can a facelift cause nerve damage?

When discussing informed consent with my Houston facelift patients, it is important to discuss the very rare possibility of injury to the facial nerve. This is especially important when performing the deep plane facelift. Facial nerve injuries are very rare but can occur. Usually, a facial nerve injury after a facelift is temporary in nature due to swelling and slight compression. It can also occur due to the local anesthesia that was injected. Fortunately, these slight injuries resolve quickly. If there is partial movement of the face after a facelift, then the prognosis for the nerve coming back completely is very good. This is a rare injury and as long as the surgeon is knowledgable in the facial anatomy, has experience with facelift surgery, and monitors the face during the surgery, should not occur.

Dr. Funk performs facelift surgery in Houston.