It's been 4.5 weeks since my facelift. My neck is lumpy and a rather large scar is visiable. If people look staright at me, they cannot see since it's under the chin but if I turn my head they can see it. My lower left cheek has a VISIBLE walnut size swelling. And my left cheek has a once-inch veritical visible "thingy" (looks like a smooth rope under the skin). I'm seeing my plastic surgeon in a few days but will these go away or I am stuck with them forever?????
Lumpy Neck, Visible Swelling in Cheeks After Facelift- Is It Permanent?
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Healing after a facelift
Lumpy Neck and Cheek 4 Weeks after Facelift
All of these bumps may be normal swelling, but they should be evaluated for fluid collections or hematomas as well as fat necrosis and suture reactivity or tissue bunching. Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA
Lumpy Neck, Visible Swelling in Cheeks After Facelift- Is It Permanent
It sounds like there was a large amount of swelling and possibly bleeding during your procedure. That can cause what you are seeing and in time should get better. There might be some shots like kenalog that might help in some cases too.
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4.5 Weeks After a Facelift
It is far, far too early to make a judgment on your final result. You can expect some degree of incisional redness, in addition to areas of swelling which are most likely related to lymphatic edema. Gentle finger tip massage, and more importantly.... time are likely to help.
Swelling After Facelift
One month after facelift surgery seems like a long time. However, it is not until six to twelve months after surgery before all of the swelling is gone and the scars have matured in appearance.
It is common to have concerns similar to yours after this type of surgery. With time and massage, many of the firm areas soften and incisional scars fade away. I would not become preoccupied with thoughts of a revision only a month after surgery.
I do agree that visiting with your surgeon and communicating your concerns are a very appropriate and important steps. Your surgeon has specific knowledge of your procedure and should be able to guide you to the right postoperative strategy to manage your concerns.
Hope this helps.
4.5 weeks post-op
Each situation is unique and only your surgeon knows the specific details of your procedure and should be the person commenting on post-operative questions such as this
Early face lift results.
Lumps after facelift
I don't think the things you are describing will be permanent. Your surgeon will be able to help you the most since he/she knows what was done. Hang in there.
4.5 weeks is too early after a face lift to see final results
4.5 weeks is still an early result. There may be small pockets of fluid that will resolve with time and massage. Please have a frank discussion with your surgeon.
4.5 weeks is an early result!
At I month you likely have some small resolving collections of blood called hematomas. The lump under your jaw could be your submandibular gland. Sometimes deferring the neck aggressively will unmask these normal structures. Your surgeon may do some injections of dilute kenalog to help with some of these issues. You should be showed how to do some manual massaging to perform several times per day. Good luck
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