Potential Risks and Complications of Cheek Lift

A cheek lift is a cosmetic surgery which involves removing the sagging skin in the mid face region. That is why it is also referred to as mid face lift surgery. This procedure also tightens the facial muscles and gives a smooth appearance without wrinkles and crease lines, especially in the lower eye lid and nasal regions. The purpose behind undergoing this treatment is to enhance the youthful appearance of your face and get rid of those age lines from your face. Like any surgery procedure, this also leads to many potential risks and complications.


A general risk associated with cheek lift is hematoma. Hematoma refers to the accumulation of blood underneath the skin. It can be identified by pain and swelling on one side of the face. Though a pressure bandage is applied after surgery, it may be formed resulting in complications due to flexing, eating or bending. Ice pack treatment can reduce the swelling and reduce the risks of hematoma. The risks of hematoma get more aggravated if you are using medications like aspirin, female hormones or non-aspirin pain killers, and have not stopped their use before the surgery.

Nerve Damage

In any facial procedure, a cosmetic surgeon works close with the facial nerves. If the surgeon is not that skillful, then he can end up damaging your facial nerve. Due to these nerve damages, you may suffer from problems in lifting your eyebrows, have limited earlobe sensation or a distorted smile. It may take nearly 2 to 6 months to recover from these damages. It is important to take treatment from a certified and experience plastic surgeon.

Infectionᅠand Bleeding

Cheek lift involves making incisions and the removal of large flaps of skin. So, it may lead to poor perfusion, a high risk of infection and profuse bleeding. Due to the infection in the sutured sites, the healing process may become painful and longer. Due to these risks, scarring, distortion and keloid formation can result. It can also lead to permanent discoloration or thickening of the skin.

Anesthesia Reactions

General anesthesia is administered during this cheek lift. Hence, you may develop negative reactions to the anesthetic agent. It may lead to complications like aspiration, bronchospasm, laryngospasm, pulmonary edema or respiratory arrest. Cardiovascular problems like cardiac failure, cardiac arrest, myocardial ischemia, myocardial infarction or hypotension may also result due to the anesthesia.

Distortionᅠand Eye Problems

Puckering or distortion may occur in the regions just beyond the lateral corner of the eye. As some techniques remove the eyelid skin, it may lead to lid retraction or ectropion problemsᅠin theᅠeye.

Other Problems

Cheek lift can also lead to various other problems like bruising, swelling, pain, numbness, increased or decrease sensitivity in certain areas, seroma, asymmetry, incomplete correction of the crease lines and wrinkles, and general dissatisfaction. If you have some medical conditions like heart problems or lung disease, your risks can become too complicated. Consult with your cosmetic surgeon about such issues before undergoing the treatment if you wish to prevent them from happening to you.

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