i had faclift 2wks ago. my neck was normal swolen and going down. Now it swelled again on one side with big lumps/bumps and create a discomfort. is this normal?
Neck bruise and swelling after Facelift?
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Painful Lumps/Bumps 2 weeks Following Facelift
It is possible, although quite rare, to get a new collection of blood (hematoma) 2 weeks out from surgery. However, this would most likely be due to a high-pressure arterial bleed that would be quite painful. So I doubt that this is what's happening. A photograph would be extremely helpful in this case, since without a visual, we are playing the probabilities more and guessing more. We can be much more helpful and accurate with our opinions with a photograph.
Chances are more likely, with the description given, that you are experiencing normal contour irregularities that are more evident as swelling goes down. These can be due to pockets of fat, resolving small hematomas, puckering due to suture placement, even collections of saliva from a leaking saliva gland. Without a photograph and more information, it's hard to tell which. The most important thing to do, however, is keep in close contact with your surgeon and his/her clinic and inform them (ideally face-to-face) of what you are experiencing.
Recurrence of swelling after initial resolution might require drainage.
- It is impossible for me to make a diagnosis but there is a possibility of fluid collection that should be drained. You should visit your surgeon.
Neck Swelling Bruising New 2 Weeks After Facelift, See Surgeon
Thank you for your question. Photographs would be helpful.
That said after 2 weeks of normal recovery after a facelift, the appearance of new swelling, lumps or bruising could suggest that you have had bleeding or a hematoma.
Please see your surgeon immediately.
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