I am ready to schedule my facelift surgery and I am really excited. I am male, 48 years old, a smoker and have pharmaceutically untreated high blood pressure. I have been making lifestyle changes to decrease my blood pressure naturally. Does my medical condition predispose me for any complications from this surgery?
Both smoking and high blood pressure predispose you to a higher complication rate during and after surgery. Smoking causes reduced blood flow to tissues and is associated with a higher risk of skin necrosis (skin sloughing). High blood pressure puts you at an increased risk of bleeding after surgery which can lead to a collection of blood under the skin known as a hematoma. You should definitely discuss this with your surgeon prior to surgery.