My mom is 61 years old and she had a complete face lift and double chin removal, its been 4 months since she had the surgery and she still is very swollen and her neck is very stiff she can't turn her head at all. Some days she wakes up a bit less swollen and then get swollen again, she also says that she feels that her face gets very hot and it itches. Is all these normal??
How Long Does the Swelling Supposed to Last After a Face Lift and Neck Lift?
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Postoperative Swelling after Facelift
It is unusual to have swelling and stiffness of the neck at 4 months. It is possible that there was a fluid collection that solidified causing prolonged swelling. The best method to treat this is very aggressive lymphatic massage. The longer the tissues stay swollen, the harder it is to massage out. Followup closely with your plastic surgeon, such that they can evaluate and make appropriate recommendations to optimize your recovery and result. All the best.
Paul S. Gill, M.D.
Gill Plastic Surgery
Houston Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Face lift, neck lift
The swelling and hardness in the neck area can be due to post operative haematoma or lymphatic edema which can take long time to resolve. Best is to keep following with the surgeon to ensure there is no other cause to it.
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In general, the swelling after a facelift/necklift is mostly resolved 4 weeks post-op. Best of luck.
Swelling Following a Facelift May Take up to 1 Year to Resolve
Swelling following facelift surgery varies from patient to patient, and depends on the surgical technique and wound healing characteristics of the patient. The majority of swelling usually resolves in about two weeks following facelift surgery. At this point most patients can return to work and resume normal activities. In most cases, total resolution takes about three months. In rare cases, swelling may persist for up to a year following surgery.
It’s important to realize that more aggressive facelift procedures create more swelling which can last for longer periods of time. Elevation of the head, decreased salt intake and physical therapy can decrease swelling and stiffness after surgery. Swelling is normal following facelift surgery, but persistent or extreme swelling should be evaluated by your surgeon, especially if its accompanied by bruising.
Post Op Recovery After Face and Necklift
I normally have my patients stay in our post operative hotel with 24/7 recovery nursing care at which time we change the patient’s dressing and wash one’s hair and prepare them for their trip home. You can be almost self sufficient after 2 days. The stitches after surgery are taken out at 7 days and the other half are taken out at 10 days. The patient can be in make-up and back out in the public eye within 10-14 days. Exercise can resume at 3-4 weeks.
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