There is uncertainty and risk involved with any surgery. While complications associated with facelifts are extremely rare, risks may include: infection, bleeding, and adverse reaction to the medications, delayed healing, numbness in certain part of ears. Smokers have an increased risk for slow or incomplete healing.
However, Dr. Sadati’s Natural Lift method avoids facial nerve injury because it is minimally invasive and provides a local anesthesia option. I will not cut the facial muscle and tendon known as SMAS; this may increase the risk of facial nerve damage. I simply fold the muscle and tendon (aka Plication) to prevent prolonged recovery and facial nerve damage.