If nerve damage were to occur, would this be apparent straight after surgery?
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When is nerve damage apparent?
You Would Know Immediately After Surgery
Kudos to you for wanting to fully understand the risks and potential complications of facelift surgery. If a nerve is damaged during surgery, the results will be immediately apparent. As you've noted, numbness and even partial paralysis are not uncommon after facelift surgery, and they are almost always temporary. Some patients also report nerve-related symptoms later on during the healing process. This is normal and not indicative of damage. I hope my answer helped you better understand this issue.
Facial Nerve Damage after a Facelift
Nerves that are responsible for touch and sensation can also be damaged and you will typically know right after surgery.
If you can move after surgery, you are safe!
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Facelift and the Appearance of Possible Nerve Damage
Any significant motor nerve damage would be apparent immediately after surgery.
To be sure, see two or more experienced, board-certified Plastic Surgeons in your area for a complete evaluation to make sure you are a good candidate and that it is safe for you to have surgery.
I hope this helps.
Nerve damage post facelift
Motor nerve damage is apparent immediately if it occurs. It can in certain situations recover if the nerve was not transacted. Permanent nerve damage is a very rare risk of facelift surgery. Temporary week ease can recover over days to months after surgery.
Careful observation needed to see if there's nerve damage after a face lift
Your concern is understandable considering that nerve damage is the second most common major complication after a facelift. The most common side effects of nerve damage from a facelift are numbness of the face, difficulty in making certain facial expressions, numbness of the ear, drooping of facial features, either the mouth or cheek. The good news is that most temporary nerve damage that occurs from a facelift will be resolved within 6 months to a year.
Typically, nerve damage to the buccal branch in the area of a midface lift is forgiving, and most patients have a complete recovery. Nerve damage manifests at different times after surgery, anywhere from right after the procedure to after a year. To lessen the chances of nerve damage, do your research and go to a reputable and board certified surgeon.
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