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Hematoma with Neck Lift - Atlanta, GA

I had a large hematoma discovered the morning...

I had a large hematoma discovered the morning after surgery. It was like 2 grapefruits hanging from my neck. I went to the dr he suctioned it off. Next 3 days orange jelly ball, suctioned again, next 3 days golf balls, suctioned again it was gone with firm dried blood under skin. thankful dr. Kim was aggressive and kept suctioning wound. It was a nightmare. I couldn't find much on here so I am writing a review. It was very scary. I was told that it would take 6 weeks by another dr. to be absorbed by the body and go down. I am surprised that so little treatment plans for hematomas exist. I looked horrible and couldn't imagine having 6 weeks like this. I am 13 days in. The third suction (with a lipo suction machine) took all the jelly blood out and I am left with what feels like a scab (hardened dried blood) I also had fraxel under the eyes and fat injections. I am very happy with these two procedures. The verdict is out on the neck surgery. I grew a beard to hide all the bruising. I am 45 and in good health and work out regularly. I have noticed that the extra skin that was hanging under my chin is gone. That is what I wanted. Dr.'s that I talked to said it was extra fat and mainly that my skin was thick and caused the area to hang more than I wanted.

I am 13 days out of neck lift surgery. Dr. Kim has...

I am 13 days out of neck lift surgery. Dr. Kim has been very attentive to the hematoma. so far, i feel very comfortable with the aftercare (although it has been a nightmare). He suctioned a lot of blood the morning after surgery. I saw him the next day (saturday) i still had a ball of blood on both sides of my neck. He met me in his office sunday and took about 10cc of blood off. I am still very scared at this point. I met him wednesday in his office and he suctioned me with his lipo machine. I was left with two golf balls of blood. I went in monday and he suctioned me again. Tuesday when i woke up i was left with two patches (sheets) of hard blood under my chin and cheek line. At this point I am very happy to be rid of the balls of jelly like blood. I am writing this on 9/26. The surgery was 9/13.

Well, a 1 month update. I still have a golf ball...

Well, a 1 month update. I still have a golf ball size hematoma on my left side, and a 1/2 x 1 inch band on the left side, under the chin is a 1/2 inch of soft tissue or (firm jelly). I saw Dr Kim again yesterday 10/25. I think that he was disappointed that more wasn't dissolved. He was concerned that I mace have some extra skin under my chin. I hope not. Dr Kim seemed to think that I may take 4 more weekes. For the past two weeks I've been putting on warm compresses and a vibrator (per his suggestion). Now I've been aggressively massaging it with my fingers and in one day I can tell a difference in size (a little bit). Anyway I'll keep you posted.

10 month review

After 10 months, I still have a good bit of puffiness under the chin. The scar has evened out (I can shave now without bleeding). Dr Kim administered two treatment of kenalog into the scar. The puffiness isn't terrible but still 10 months out we have decided to address it. I went in the office expecting dr Kim to open the area up and remove the puffiness - soft tissue or fat tissue. At the visit he decided to administer lipo in the area thinking it was soft fat tissue. This was ok with me because it meant less down time. He went in the area directly under the chin on each side if the 3 inch by 3 inch area with a extra "small" cannula. When he got in he observed that the are was composed of scar tissue not fat tissue. He showed me that very little was sucked out and that the material coming out was scar tissue. He said that this should help the area. I am really hoping that it doesn't make it work. This is the second day and it is swollen but I know that it will go down. So, not to worried. He wants to see me in 2 months. I'm kind of nervous. Not sure what is next for me. A chiseled chin would be nice but at this point I don't see it happening.
Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Kim was very attentive with the whole hematoma complication. He even came into his office on a Sunday to check and drain the hematoma. I found him through another service provider.Updated on 26 Sep 2012:My hematoma was very scary. I wrote a separate review. I am very happy with his attentiveness so far.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
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How are you doing now Eric? I hope everything is okay. Please let us know!

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