Mrinal Supriya: You will get the best outcome from someone who is a super-specialist in facial cosmetic surgery rather than someone who does breast implants 90% of the time. They will not have sufficient experience and the day to day experience in doing a facial cosmetic work.
After you have done this homework, go and meet the surgeon. Ask him the questions that you have, reflect whether you feel comfortable with the style of discussion with the surgeon. Does he appear honest or not? Are the pictures that he shows to you too good? Do they look photoshopped? Most of the surgeons are busier with their surgical work rather than spending time on photoshopping their pictures. So the pictures should look realistic. You should feel comfortable talking about the procedure. The surgeon should be able to answer your questions and then come back and reflect on your experience.
Go back with more questions on second occasions. It’s not just about feeling comfortable. It would be best if you also had confidence after having a total discussion with the surgeon.
It should never be the case that you speak to an agent of a national chain rather than meeting the surgeon who would do the actual surgery.
That is completely unacceptable for something as extensive as a facelift. So the bottom line is that deep plane facelift done by an experienced expert in an appropriate patient is virtually risk-free. But if you have an inadequate facelift done by an inexperienced, poorly trained surgeon, you will not get the outcome that you desire.
Laura Livesey: Okay. I understand. We want to find a surgeon that’s qualified. So say you didn’t do that. You made a mistake. You mis-chose your surgeon. What could happen then? What are the risks?
Mrinal Supriya: So the risks are that you will not get the desired result, and the results will not last for long if you do not get a deep plane facelift. Furthermore, if someone tries to do a deep plane facelift without getting the appropriate training in it, you run the major risk of having damage to the nerves that supply your face. What we call is a facial nerve. So these are the main risks if you do not have the correct surgery done by a well qualified, experienced facial cosmetic surgery.
If any of the branches of the facial nerve are damaged, then you can have weakness or, in fact, paralysis of the face in that part, which can be temporary, but very, very rarely can be a permanent side effect.