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Did anybody else deal with lumpy jowls after a neck lift?

  • Sooxie
  • 8 months ago

I had a neck lift 6 weeks ago. My neck looks better, but I have lumps in my jowls and feel so self-conscious about them. It kind of looks like I had acne as a youth- but I didn't. My surgeon didn't seem alarmed when I saw him at 5 1/2 weeks. He told me to massage them for about a minute a couple of times a day. He also gave me a steroid shot in each cheek, but a week later, I can't tell any difference.  He says it will probably take 4-5 weeks for my cheeks to settle down, but I'm worried. By the way, I am 57 years old. When will the numbness go away? Will my face ever feel normal?

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If you mean by "feeling normal" that your face will be just as it was before surgery then the answer is never. I asked the docs on RS when all the sensation returns to the way it was before surgery and every one of them said it never does BUT it is so worth it they said! grace
Hi, I just came across your post. I'm 3 weeks post-op from a neck life and lipo and have lumps (unsightly) and numbness under my chin and swollen lymph nodes. I'm worries this won't go away. The ps told me to massage a few times a day and to be patient. Did your issues resolve? How long did it take?
Hi AJ3- I am just a little over 4 months post-op and my lumps are slowly but surely going away. I have been seeing my doctor every 3-4 weeks for a checkup. He also told me to massage (gently) 2-3 times a day. He also gave me a steroid shot in each cheek. While my lumps were settling, I got a good cream makeup by Clinique (Even better compact makeup) which helped and made sure to wear lipstick. My doctor assured me that my skin would smooth out- and it has, but it just takes time. You will look a lot better at 4 months than 3 weeks. You are barely post-surgery. I last saw my doctor 2 weeks ago and he said I didn't need to come back until 6 weeks, unless I wanted to. I have a friend who got a full face lift, and she told me "the farther out from surgery, the better." I still see a little bit of lumpiness and discoloration, but I'm not worried anymore because it's going away. Yours will too. It is caused by swelling, blood clots, fat transfer- all of which are helped by the steroid shots he gave me. I have an excellent doc, with an excellent reputation. Our kids went to the same schools and church, so I trust him. My problem was that I figured I'd be fully recovered in few weeks... No, it takes time. Don't worry.
Thank you. This is reassuring. It doesn't feel like things are better but I realize the change and recovery is slow. I need to be patient. It's just hard.