Question: How likely is it for a facelift to cause nerve damage? What would this do to the face aesthetically?
Answer: Facelifting is a surgical procedure and as a surgical procedure there are risks and benefits. Every surgical procedure has a risk of complications. It is very important for the patient to realize that if they do not want to have a complication and they want to be guaranteed of no complications, they should have no surgery. No surgeon can guarantee no complications. Having said that, a surgeon is very meticulous to make sure that they avoid nerves and follow the safest practices to avoid any injury to nerves. If a nerve is damaged, this is not a common complication. Depending on what nerve is damaged will depend on how the face will appear. If one of the branches of the nerve that moves the face is damaged, there will be an asymmetry of the face and that portion of the face will not move. In time, that area of the face could also sag slightly. If the nerve that has been damaged is the nerve that supplies sensation, the area that has been damaged, which is the lobule of the ear, may have a decreased sensation.