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I Had a Min Face Lift with Neck Liposuctioning 2.5 Mo Ago and I Have Swelling & Tightness Neck & Jaw?

How long will it take for swelling & tightness to resolve?

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Min Face Lift with Neck Liposuctioning 2.5 Mo Ago and I Have Swelling

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Dear 12, 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.


San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Mini Lift Swelling and Tightness

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Thank you for your question. The tightness can take anywhere from 6 months to a year to resolve. Rarely does it linger beyond that. Gentle massage can be very helpful, and range of motion exercises can help. In some cases, gentle ultrasound can help the area soften up quicker. I hope this helps.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

I Had a Min Face Lift with Neck Liposuctioning 2.5 Mo Ago and I Have Swelling & Tightness Neck & Jaw?

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Dear Orion,

Thank you for your question. This swelling/tightness can take 3-6 months to resolve. continue to see you surgeon.  He may advise compression garment at night, massage, or other treatment.

Best wishes,

Pablo Prichard, MD

Pablo Prichard, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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The swelling and tightness from a mini lift and neck liposuctioning usually settles down within 3-6 months but looks quite good even at 3-4 weeks in most cases. Doing them under local now is such an advantage and with great results and quicker recovery. Sincerely,

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Swelling and tightness after a mini facelift usually settles down over the first few months. Be patient.

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It is not uncommon, at 2 1/2 months, after your procedure to still have some residual swelling.  A majority of the swelling does resolve over the course of the first 2-3 months, but it could take up to 6 months to see all swelling resolved.  As swelling resolves and the tissue begins to loosen over time you will also see some improvement in the "tight" feeling which you are experiencing.  All of what you are experiencing is normal, for your stage of healing.  If you have any other questions or concerns, you should follow up with your operating surgeon...Good Luck

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