I am 3 days post-op after a face and neck lift. I know there is still a lot of swelling and that much of it will resolve itself. However, my lower face looks so wide in comparison to my upper face and the SMAS area is quite numb. Is there typically a lot of swelling in the SMAS area near the ears?
Swelling in SMAS area after facelift?
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Swelling especially in the cheek areas very common after SMAS facelift
In particular SMAS plication can often have accentuated swelling in the cheek area. This almost always resumes to normal after a few weeks.
Swelling After Facelift
Earl Stephenson, Jr, MD, DDS, FACS
Swelling after SMAS facelift
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Swelling and SMAS
At a few days after sugery, swelling is normal and will subside over time. Be patient with the swelling.
Swelling after face/neck lift
Swelling is typically at the worst around 2-3 days after surgery. Since your face/neck lift was 3 days ago, you are probably seeing your swelling at the peak. It is not unusual to have some numbness as well. Both of these issues should improve with more time, but it can take 6-12 months for all of the healing to occur. If you have any concerns, I would recommend contacting your surgeon to be evaluated.
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