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Bilateral Numbness After a Facelift?

I had a facelift 18 months ago and still have severe numbness from each ear and under my neck. I have not m,ade any progress in the last 6 months of the symptoms subsiding. What are my options as I just cannot stand the feeling any longer.

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Numbness After Facelift at 18 Months

  The numbness after the facelift at 18 months is likely permanent.  Unfortunately, the options may not be great.  A sensory nerve graft could be placed but would involve another surgery and the nerve end would have to be identified, which is difficult.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

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Numbness After Facelift

You may want to bring up your concern with your surgeon. Most numbness usually resolves in 6-12 months although there may be small patches where the sensation doesn't fully return.

Carlo Honrado, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Significant numbness of the face at 18 months is unexpected.

Most patients have significant return of sensibility to the face by 6 months.  By a year, almost all patients feel that their skin feels like it did before surgery.  There may be small numb areas, but they are usually just a curiosity.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Numbness following facelift

Numbness following a facelift may be caused by nerve damage. A facelift can result in nerve damage that is temporary or permanent. Nerve damage from a facelift can result in the following side effects:


1) Numbness of the face
2) Difficulty making certain facial expressions
3) Ear numbness
4) Drooping of facial features (mouth or cheek)

In general, most temporary nerve damage that occurs from a facelift will be resolve in anywhere from 6 months to a year. It may take longer for a complete recovery, but it depends on the patient and the circumstances of the issue. I would recommend speaking with your surgeon regarding the issue and ask him or her what treatment options are available for you based on your individual needs. Thanks and I hope this helps!

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