5 days post Neck Lift, Platysmaplasty, Submental Liposuction, I'm starting to have swelling & pain on both sides of neck. photo
5 months ago
below the ear I'm thinking in the lymph node area. Is this normal or should I contact my doctor? It hurts to turn head far left or right it's kinda in the neck muscle area on sides of neck The pain and swelling is just where I'm pointing too. I'm five days post op
Doctor Answers (4)
Although your photos do not show any dramatic swelling that would be seen with a hematoma or seroma requiring immediate attention, by all means contact your surgeon and go in for an evaluation. The most likely cause will be an enlarged lymph node and/or internal stitching as a cause of the pain. Your surgeon knows best.
"Should you contact your doctor?" You are kidding - right? YES CALL YOUR operative surgeon ASAP for instructions and care...
Thank you for your pictures. It sounds and looks pretty typical at this point but I would advise you to revisit this with your operating surgeon.
If you are 5 days postop, I would definitely contact your Surgeon about any and all concerns. You are pointing to the area where the greater auricular nerve exits the space behind the sternocleidomastoid muscle. This may be inflamed or irritated, but should be evaluated first by your Surgeon.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as
a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you
have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute
or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.