its a little unusual to have ripples 3 months after a facelift. You still may have a bit of swelling but it also may be underlying scar tissue. If its swelling, massaging the area may help. You should wait a little longer, about 6 months before making any final decisions.
Rippling after a facelift is more likely to occur if the "high on the side" vector was used to tighten skin. In that case, the lateral lines of tension sweep upward on the side of the face. Often loss of the sideburn and temporal hair go hand in hand with this approach.
The problem is worse in patients with sun damage creases, as the creases are altered in their destination and may be somewhat obvious. Fractional laser resurfacing helps these as well.
Rippling after a facelift is not an acceptable condition. There may be many causes. Some are minor and may resolve with time. Others may not. It is impossible to say without an examination what the cause is and whether this will resolve or not. I would recommend returning to your surgeon and asking for their help.
Ripples after a facelift are not normal, but hopefully yours are temporary. There are many possible causes, including underlying sutures, deep contouring after liposuction, or vectors of pull on the facial skin. Massage and ultrasound therapy are beneficial.
Ripples can be normal and will go away. Massage, faciasl, time will help. Remember the whole healing process takes 12 months. I bet you will look great at 6 months. Go discuss this with you surgeon, follow up is an important part of plastic surgery. There is much anxiety after plastic surgery and reassurrance from your surgeon help a lot. Good Luck.
These may resolve with more time. Is it "normal"? That depends on many factors but in 35 years of facelifting I have never had this problem, but I am usually doing a forehead lift at the same time which changes the "pull" vectors.
The only thing I can think was that you had superficial liposuction of the jawline at the time of the facelift. Unfortunately these lines can be permanent. All you can do is massage and see what happens. I personally do not use liposuction on the face because of this risk going too superficial and making contour irregularities.
The facial skin should appear smooth and normal after a Facelift. Several factors can cause ripples to appear in the facial skin after a Facelift:
The direction of pull (Vector) of the skin during Facelift was too high toward the top of the head
The Facelift Scissors were passes too close to the underside of the skin injuring the fat immediately beneath the skin
Inappropriate fat was surgically removed beneath the skin during Facelift
Liposuction was performed on...
Ripples after facelift are not normal but not unheard of.
Ripples after facelift are not normal but not unheard of. Thick skin, previous scar tissue, or adhesions may be the root cause. We often recommend ultrasound therapy after surgery to improve this or speed it along. If it is still there at this point, you should be doing some type of therapy to ensure it goes away and does not become permanent.
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Ripples, in that area, after a Face Lift could indicate the direction of excess skin pull on the face. They may or may not resolve. These can occur when the skin has not been undermined to a sufficient amount to re-drape the excess skin.
It is not uncommon to have some funny contours in the skin immediately after facelift surgery. After three months you really should not have those kind of irregularities in most cases. There are some patients that have really significant lines in around the mouth before the facelift. In some cases those lines will not improve with facelift surgery. Also, you may want to wait one year to assess the true final results of your procedure. It is impossible to advise you in your case without...
Ripples after face lift is not normal. Asymmetries under the skin may be present for 1 week or so after surgery, but I rarely have any ripples. All of these asymmetries are gone within 7-10 days leaving only minor areas of healing in nonconspicuous areas such as behind the ears. I would discuss this condition with your surgeon.
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Patients may experience swelling and some asymmetry following facelift surgery for up to six months. It is important to discuss your findings with your surgeon and to make sure your healing is progressing as expected.
Ripples after a facelift may be seen for a few weeks due to swelling but should relax out relatively quickly. If there are obvious irregularities after 2-3 months you should consult with your surgeon regarding the likely cause. MInor irregularities often improve with gentle massage.
Although it is impossible to give an opinion without a picture, at 3 months some minor issues of swelling may remain. These usually fall within the category of things that you may notice but others will not. There should not be major ripples in your skin, so I advise your to bring these concerns to the attention of your Surgeon.
It is difficult to tell what's is going on without a photo or a physical exam. But there should not be ripples in the jaw line or mouth. On occasion in more severe cases of excess skin, there may be ripples hidden behind your ear. Most of these ripples behind the ear soften up and resolve over several weeks. Please visit with your surgeon for a postoperative evaluation of your concerns
Ripples around jawline and mouth after facelift 3 months ago
It is hard to tell exactly what is going on without seeing your pictures because rippling or irregularities around the jawline and mouth following a facelift can be caused by many things. It may be that the facelift improved other areas of your face but did not help these areas enough. You may be noticing essentially what's "left over". For maximal benefit to the jawline and mouth area in facelifting I usually will also add an endoscopic midfacelift with...
On occasion there are noticeable waves, lines, or ripples of the skin following Facelift. Our treatment for these is Ultrasound therapy weekly for 6 weeks. Time generally will soften theses ripples. Massage of the area is also helpful. Give it time. Dr. G
This question is very difficult to answer without a photo. While these ripples may be present due to prolonged swelling, induration, skin tethering, three months is slighty a prolonged period of time not to see any resolution. I would first follow-up with your surgeon to get his opinion. Warm compresses and gentle massage can help to resolve some of the above causes, and your problems may resolve. It is also possible that you might need a revision procedure, but...
Ripples can be from many things, including overaggressive liposuction, tethered deep stitches, redraped presurgical folds, or tension irregularities from the surgery. With the exception of the lipo, they should all go away with time, and since you are only three months out, I would just remain patient. But continue to discuss this with your surgeon so that he or she is aware of your concerns, and makes a plan with you.
This is uncommon .Ripples after a facelift can be results from lines of tension in techniques with short scar , like the "MACS Lift", that use only vertical vectors without horizontal or oblique vectors .
Areas of unevenness / rippling are common after a facelift and usually resolve over 3 - 6 months. These areas can be assisted by some gentle massage to help the swelling dissapate or the scar tissue to soften and flatten. Patience usually is all that is needed to see a correction, but do keep your plastic surgeon aware of the issue, so it can be followed.
Some areas of rippling or unevenness may occur after a facelift. This is more common behind the ears, and typically will smooth out with time. If you still seem some rippling around the mouth at 3 months,then I would recommend that you address your concerns with your plastic surgeon. The rippling may still improve with additional time, so it is usually best to delay any revisional surgery. Occasionally, the addition of some fillers like Restylane or Juvederm may help...
Ripples after a facelift can be results from either liposuction at that area or lines of tension. If by 6 months post op you do not see improvement, you may need a revision or touch up with fat transfer . Discuss this with your doctor so he/she can tell you what he/she thinks the ripples are from, and what you would be considering if you do not see improvement in the upcoming months. Good luck!
As the skin is lifted and draped during a facelift it is possible to see lines of tension as the skin is smoothed into shape. Sometimes when the skin is thin and poorly elastic irregularities or lines can be present for a week or two, though after this time the cheeks should be smooth and transition well into the neck below the jawline. Best to see your surgeon and see if you are meeting his expectation.
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This is quite uncommon. I would recommend visiting with your plastic surgeon to evaluate this and discuss a treatment plan. I would not recommend facelift revision for 12 months. It is possible for this to resolve over the upcoming months, but revision surgery might be necessary to get full correction.
Skin Rippling after Face Lift Surgery. What to do?
It is not uncommon to notice some rippling or irregularities of the skin, particularly around the jaw, following a face lift. In the majority of cases, these asymmetries will improve gradually over six to nine months. At three months postop there is still time for improvement. Try to be patient and start facial massage when given approval by your surgeon. If there are still noticeable ripples or lines of tension after a year, a revision procedure...