Complications are usually minor, but all surgery carries a degree of risk. Mr Henley will discuss these risks with you in detail at your consultation.
A specific risk of which you must be aware is damage to the nerves of the face. This can cause weakness of movement of your eyebrow and lip. This is an uncommon complication, getting better over three to six weeks. However, permanent weakness has been reported by some surgeons.
Whilst not considered a complication, you will normally have numbness in your cheeks for three to six months. Other risks include bleeding or a collection of fluid forming underneath the skin. Wound healing can be slow, particularly if the area becomes infected, although infection is uncommon. If identified and treated promptly at an early stage, infection is a minor complication with very little or no long-term consequences.
You will be provided with detailed written information to help you make an informed decision about any surgery.