I now have severe sleep apnea. It was so distressing, I bought a used cpap machine, which has allowed me to sleep. My question is whether this is caused by swelling and muscle tightening, and whether it will go away.
I had a face and neck lift 1 week PO. Since the procedure, I have had difficulty breathing at night. Will it get better? (photo)
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Sleep apnea after facelift.
Sleep apnea not normal after facelift
Breathing problems after facelift?
Your complaints are unusual and you should make sure you discuss with your surgeon soon. Sleep apnea can only be truly diagnosed with a sleep study of some kind and a CPAP machine is technically a prescription only device...regardless of the medical terminology it sounds like you need to have the situation addressed.
Some questions you will want to discuss with your surgeon:
Do you have trouble breathing whenever you lay flat or just when you fall asleep?
Where are you obstructing or feeling tight with the breathing? Nose? Throat? Chest?
Are you having any other symptoms? Chest pain, shortness of breath while awake?
It would be unusual after most facelift procedures to have any long term sleep issues like sleep apnea, so hopefully your problems will get better with time. However, If you have any severe symptoms, get evaluated ASAP. After evaluation by your surgeon, if problems persist, you might consider consultation with an ENT who does sleep apnea surgery so they can evaluate your airway.
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First of all it looks like you have had a great result! Your situation is unusual. Looking at you pre op photo you had a heavy midline neck and platysma laxity. Did you have a cut under the chin and platysmaplasty? this may account for your 'tightness'. If not it is likely to be upper airways obstruction due to nasal blockage. Ephedrine nose drops may help and salt water washouts. At one week out, the tissue swelling can still be significant so this should settle. I would visit your surgeon and have them examine your nose and throat.
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