Lower Cheek and neck swelling and lip paralysis?

  • NJRed
  • 2 years ago

I had my Ulthera treatment yesterday and am experiencing numbness, swelling in my lower cheeks, jaw and neck and some paralysis one side of my mouth (much like after you have novacaine at the dentist). I notice it most when I smile or try to drink something.  I have called my doctor and understand that this can happen and should resolve itself.   I have a small narrow face so right now I have a mild chipmunk look!   Also trying to treat with ice as instructed to reduce swelling that may be affecting the nerve or muscle. A rep from Ulthera was in my session so I know it was done correctly.  Has anyone else had these issues and when did they finally go away? Not too nervous and although I know everyone is different I was just wondering how long I may have to deal with this? Thanks :)

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It can occur and if it does it is resolved within 12 weeks. Hope this helps lg.
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"Sounds" like several of us had an issue with Ultherapy having an impact on a motor nerve. I had Ultherapy a week ago and my lower lip is very asymmetrical when I smile or speak. Scary. Hope it's temporary.
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It took me about 2-3 months to be normal - but it did come back.
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I looked weird for a few months, but it returned to normal. Sorry you are going through this.
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Thank you. I'm a speech-lang pathologist (I work with children) and I'm very self-conscious about how strange my mouth looks and feels. I can't model certain speech sounds for the kids (e.g., sh). Thanks for reassuring me.
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I recovered 100%. Don't worry!
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Don't worry Mae. I'm sure it will be fine.
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Did you did any type of facial excersices or took any med to heal, or it was healed alone?
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Hi Maytag, my face is partially half part paralyzed after the treatment since 6 weeks ago and i have seen no improvement until now. Is facial exercises good for the healing? Any medications?
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No exercises or meds. Rt side of face is still swollen. Lower lip is super crooked. (Had procedure on 4/15). I look like a wreck. Terrible.
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MaeB, it took 6-8 weeks, but in my case, it went away. I think a lot of other posters had the same experience. So sorry you are going through this. But - it will very likely heal and you will be back to normal.
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Thanks so much for your responses. Going through week eight and there is any changes not in the paralysys not in the treatment. Very worried to think this is going to stay permanent, very happy to know that you and others finally return to normal. Hope this happens to me also. Still waiting every day..
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In my case it took weeks. Sorry! Hope you heal soon!
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6/16/13 I had my Ultherapy 2 days ago and my lower right lip is paralyzed. I am wondering if anyone used meds? did the ice help? AND HOW LONG will it take to go away. All else is fine - no visual bruising although very tender at the jaw line.
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I had Ulthera done in late June. Despite the medication I was given, the pain was intense. I left the doctor's office massively swollen. I bruised so badly that it was 12 weeks before I could go without heavy makeup. Worst of all, my upper lip and jowl area was partially paralyzed for over a month and those areas were numb for over three months. It was 3.5 months before I felt and looked like myself.

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Thank you so much for the quick response. I don't have bruising or tingling, just extreme swelling. To the point that my face looks like half pumpkin- half chipmunk. also the skin under my chin doubled in size. Today is my third day out and the swelling looks worse today. Hopefully it will start getting better by tomorrow, if not I will call the doctor on Monday. I have been putting ice on it and I slept elevated. I have also hid in my house. LOL!
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Hi. I had Ultherapy Jan. 21, 2012, and experienced the same issues. It took two months for me to fully recovery. I still have a dent on the left side of my forehead and to the left of my mouth. My bangs hide my forehead and I used filler for the dent next to my mouth. I would not encourage anyone to have this procedure and will not do it again.
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Ponygirl, so sorry to hear about the dents left from the producure. Where did you have this done?
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How are you doing today? Has the swelling gone down? Swelling is something that will resolve itself so except for having to hide out for a bit I'm sure it will turn out okay. Hope all is well.
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I had Ulthera two days ago and I really look like a chipmunk. I have extreme swelling in the lower face, under the chin and jowl. There is no way I could go out looking like this. Did yours get better? How long did it take for your chipmunk look to go away?
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It took about 3-4 days. I wish I had put ice on it right away but I did it the day after once I asked the Dr if it was ok. That helped. I think I was definitely the worst case scenario when it came to side effects of this procedure. I had a droop which lasted for weeks but it improved slightly everyday. All visual side effects were gone by the end of the first month and tightening and smoother skin started to occur almost immediately which remained after the swelling went away. It is now over 2 months and my face is improving everyday. Everyone tells me I look great. I have no regrets having this done even after having to deal with the side effects. I still have some tingling when I touch my lower check area but it lessens every day. I'm happy with this procedure.
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Hopefully others can jump on and share how long it took for this to subside for them. Until then here is some info you might find helpful:

I Had Ulthera on my Lower Face 3 Days Ago and Still Have Considerable Swelling and Bruising

Ultherapy Yesterday; Lip Very Swollen, Eyes Swollen, Chin Bruised. Options?

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