Length: Usually 2-6 hours (depending on the extent of the facelift).
Anesthesia: General (asleep).
Hospital Stay: Outpatient or inpatient for a short stay.
Side Effects: Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness and tenderness of skin. Tight feeling, dry skin.
Risks: Hematoma is the most common risk, occurring in approximately four percent of patients nationally. Also, seroma, scarring, nerve injury (sensory and motor), alopecia, pigment changes, infection, bleeding, poor healing and asymmetry or change in hairline.