5 months post Facelift with a scalp scar that had healed and now reopened. What should I do?
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Scalp scar opened 5 months after facelift
Problems with healing after a facelift, lite-lift, quicklift, life-style lift
incisions should not reopen this long after your surgery,
this should be seen by your doctor and evaluated
Scalp scar opened 5 months after surgery
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Scalp scar reopening 5 months after face lift
- The most likely cause is an ingrown hair
- The next most likely cause is a deep absorbing suture that you body tried to absorb is now trying to reject,
- See your plastic surgeon to figure out the cause,
- A cancer is very unlikely but can certainly be biopsied by your surgeon is a worrisome area has appeared.
- Best wishes.
An open wound five months After facelift is really unheard of
Recovery Period & What to Expect Following Facelift
Healing after a facelift can take variable amounts of time, but I agree, 5 months is a little too long. It sounds like there may be some underlying reason your scalp scar has reopened. Often times there are some dissolving stitches that can work their way to the surface and create healing problems. The other issue is that sometimes hairs can get caught up in the stitches and closed up into the wound, especially if your hair is long or very dense in the area. These, too, can then surface later and cause healing problems. Either way it would probably be best to get back into your plastic surgeon’s office and have them look at it. Most likely they just need to extract those and then things will heal up fine. The chances of this being in any way cancer related is extremely low, so don’t lose sleep over it but just get back in to be evaluated.