Facelifts And Blood Pressure: What Men Need To Know

Regardless of gender, there are risks with any kind of surgery. However, you may be surprised to learn that men have a doubly higher risk of developing a hematoma after a facelift.

A hematoma is a kind of blood clot. If blood pressure is too high-a common problem in older men-it can cause blood vessels in the affected area to bleed and lead to an abnormal collection of clotted blood. While this can happen after facelifts in either gender, men are especially prone to this because of differences in their skin, such as thickness and facial hair, which require a greater blood supply.

Although hematomas are not life-threatening and don't interfere with healing if corrected within 24 hours of surgery, it is ideal to avoid their development altogether. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends pre-surgery management of blood pressure through one's primary doctor, as well as a thorough evaluation by the surgeon chosen to perform the procedure.

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