If you could share pictures that might help, but mostly you need to see someone. If not your surgeon a doctor in the area. Take care of yourself.
There are a range of possible explanations including a viral infection, sensitivity to the internal sutures among them.
If you cannot see the plastic surgeon who operated on you - which ideally you would - is there a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon nearer who will see you? This is not the usual recovery and sounds distressing. A cause should be determined and treated as needed.
Pain can originate from a number of sources so the information provided does not allow for diagnosis. He certainly should have situation worked up is most facelifts are accompanied by very little discomfort even right after the operation.
Your symptoms and complaints are rather complex. Although some could be normal (pins & needles), others are unusual. If you do not want to travel to your plastic surgeon, see somebody locally to be evaluated.
Dear corvair, thank you for your question.Swelling after a facelift may persists from
weeks to months, causing bumps or asymmetries to appear. In San Diego, we monitor our patients closely
for one year to address any issues. Follow up with your surgeon to check if this
is swelling versus something else and if treatment is indicated. Best of Luck.
Nerve pain and sensitivity can occur after a facelift and last for many months even up to one year. Swelling or sutures can affect nerves causing numbness or sharp shooting or burning pains. Areas of firmness or scar tissue with mild swelling can persist for about 6 months. Our faces are naturally asymmetric, and sometimes one side heals faster than the other. I would again see your plastic surgeon or get another opinion to make sure everything is healing normally. Usually with time, these symptoms do continue to improve so it is important to be patient as well.
Some lumps and bumps three months out from the surgery is still a possibility as you are still healing. Hard drive lymphatic drainage? Another possibilities local reaction to the stitch that was used for the facelift. Your surgeon will be the best person to advice you how to manage this.