I fear a rhytidectomy could damage the nerves in my face. How often does this happen?
One of the risks and potential complications of facelift surgery is damage to the nerves of your face. Facelifts can result in damage to both the motor and sensory nerves of your face. The more aggressive the facelift, such as deep plane facelift, the higher the likelihood that nerve injury can occur. The good news is that when performed properly, a facelift rarely results in permanent facial nerve injury, and the most commonly affected nerve injury from a facelift is a sensory nerve to your ear lobe.
Posted by Dr. Philip Schoenfeld