Is this normal? How long will it take to go away if it will go away? Is this a common thing? I know most will say wait a few months, but wanted to know how often this happens, lets say out of every 10 patients? And how often it completely disappears. I understand I have a short-scar SMAS lift so bunching, folding vertically is always a possibility? My other ear does not have any folds. I'm only at Day 6 post op, stitches / staples will be removed tomorrow. Will it only flatten after that?
Will vertical folds behind my ears go away? (photo)
Doctor Answers (9)
Vertical folds behind the ear after SMAS facelift usually go away
Vertical fold behind ear after facelift--not normal.
That being said, this seems a bit more than usual, and your surgeon may need to do a minor local anesthesia revision once things have fully softened and settled. This should not be "explained away" as "normal" nor should you accept this. After spending nearly $10 grand, I'd repair this minor miscue with a "no-charge" when things have softened and settled enough to do so safely (probably 3 months or more after surgery).
Healing after SMAS facelift
Smooth redraping of the skin is the goal.
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Fold After Facelift
6 days after surgery things usually look strange, it's normal
That may represeant a drain tract or just a fold from the gathering of the skin, these things do settle and are common
Facelift with short scar
Usually a short scar ends at the base of the ear lobe or slightly behind it. In patients with a lot of lax skin the incision is extended normally in a full facelift incision. You have some bunching that is irregular. It may soften with time.
Looking at your scar, you did not have a pure "short scar facelift"
The fold is too large, and may not completely disappear. The only thing to do now is to wait and see. You may require a revision by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon (American Board of Plastic Surgery)
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