What are the deep plane facelift surgery risks?

Mrinal Supriya addresses the risks of a deep plane facelift

Laura Livesey: One of the most common questions I would imagine you get asked is addressing people’s fear. Which risks are involved in deep plane facelifts?

The most significant risk of having a facelift surgery is to have the inappropriate, inadequate facelift done by an inexperienced, poorly trained surgeon.

Mrinal Supriya: So before you decide to have a facelift, you need to do some homework. As a bare minimum, the surgeon that you choose should be a consultant. It means that he should be on the specialists where they serve with the General Medical Council. They should be a fellow of one of the Royal College of Surgeons, and then they should be expert in cosmetic surgery.

There are national bodies which register cosmetic surgeons, and there is a European body called EAFPS, which is specifically dedicated to facial cosmetic surgery. Ask your surgeon whether he is a cosmetic surgeon, does he super specialize in facial cosmetic surgery or not?

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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.

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About the expert

Mr Mrinal Supriya | Facial Cosmetic Surgeon

FRCS (OTOL-HNS), MRCS Ed, DO-HNS, MS in ENT, MBBS

Mr Mrinal Supriya is a Consultant ENT Head and Neck Surgeon with a special interest in facial cosmetic surgery. He is among 30 cosmetic surgeons who are members of the Royal College of Surgeons’ voluntary registration scheme – a professional body that works to advance surgical practice and patient care.

Mr Surpriya has previously worked in top hospitals around the world including the UK, Australia and the USA. He has also spent time with Dr Andrew Jacono who has been named one of the top plastic surgeons in the USA.

In the UK, Mr Supriya has worked as an ENT Consultant at Northampton General Hospital & St. George’s University Hospital, London as well as Ninewells University Hospital, Dundee.

Mr. Supriya’s clinical interests are minimal-access facial cosmetic procedures with a further expertise in Deep Plane Facelift and Rhinoplasty. By focusing his cosmetic practice solely to the face, Mr Supriya has developed super-specialised skills and achieved extremely reliable results with high patient satisfaction.

Mr. Supriya is able to provide comprehensive expertise that can only come from super specialisation: eyelid rejuvenation, nose job, endoscopic brow, face and neck lift, lip rejuvenation, cheek rejuvenation, ear surgery, chin surgery, buccal fat pad resection and skin treatments.

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