64 Years OLD, Got Tired of Turkey Neck and Jowls - Montreal, QC

I decided that I wanted to freshen up my face...

I decided that I wanted to freshen up my face before I turned 65 so I went for it! It all went smoothly and I had next to no pain afterwards. Now it's been almost 3 weeks and the scar under my chin is garishly pink and puckered. I also have bruises around there. Been massaging it about 8 times a day. Does this look normal? Would appreciate comments. Thanks!!
Dr. Andreas

Dr. Andreas is a wonderful doctor and a fine surgeon. He is very encouraging and explains things well both before and after surgery.

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Give it some time -- everyone does heal differently - if after 7 months you feel like not as expected -- just have laser done
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interesting to read the above posts... I too had a neck lift Nov. 2013. The healing has been long and painful. i still have not been able to work out. the scar below my chin is very ugly not healing well at all. i think i was not hired for a job because of the scar still protruding; i could see the interviewee turn her head when i moved my head up and my chin was exposed ... ouch! i too am a slow healer i think it will take a year as my doctor told me to wait 1 year to analyze the results. best of luck!
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How are we doing -- feeling more comfortable with surgery --- numbing I am almost 5 months and some areas still numb
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I am now at week 7; I'm doing much better although some areas still numb and taut, but I know that's to be expected. Still have some red streakiness at the jawline and the scar under my chin has not completely smoothed out. Time will tell but I frankly don't think it ever will. Doc says to keep massaging to break up the scar tissue. I feel ok with makeup on but still too uneven in color to go bare-skinned. Will finally start working out again one week from now.Trying to find some makeup that stays on through exercise, as I perspire a lot; I just bought some Smashbox Studio Skin 15 hour foundation and will be trying that out. Hope you are all healing beautifully...
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What are you putting on the scar? At this point, it's probably keloid scar tissue. Maybe speak to a dermatologist? I had it before & was prescribed Clobetasol Propionate. It dissolves scar tissue.
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Thankfully my follow-up exam ruled out any keloid scar; it's not that thick or raised. The doc definitely said there is no need for silicone sheet at this time. I am not a fast healer and it's taking longer than some...
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Try Dermablend makeup products. They stay on in water/sweat.
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Try the Dermablend cosmetic line for your makeup. They make products that resist water.
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Just keep up the massaging
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Your neck looks better than mine does now & I am almost at 6 months post surgery. My bruising has gone away as I'm sure yours will soon, too.
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Thanks for the encouragement! This week I went out in public, with some creative makeup and I'm pretty sure I looked normal to others. The good news: I ran into an old acquaintance at the mall and she exclaimed: "It's been a long time... wow! you look great and have changed a bit!!" So I guess I pulled it off... My upper neck near the ears and my jawline are still numb and feel as though someone is pulling them taut, but overall it's great. I was told that I should continue with the massages to the scar as it takes time to flatten out... sigh... I still wear my face compression thing at night, but I wear a gauze underneath at the ears, under my chin and under the back velcro. Also, I wear it backwards so that the seam doesn't push into my skin. Do you have photos of your neck posted here??
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Have you looked into the silicone scar gel? It's for raised scars.
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I have been using Biocorneum gel and silicon strips for 3-4 months now. I can't wear my hair pulled back as it is really scarred on my left side jaw & neck. thanks for your input
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If you are that far along in your healing, ask the Dr for Clobetasol Propionate, it works great for softening & reducing keloid scar tissue.
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Thanks, I will ask him about it. I went to see my dr. yesterday and he claims that I am just a "slow healer".
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Are you taking any herbs to promote healing? Try adding 50mg zinc,. 3x/day. I'm also taking Arnica, Bromelain & Turmeric for bruising/swelling but you don't seem to have much of that at all. Also, at 2 weeks, my surgeon suggest suing a silicone scar healing cream. I bought it at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AV14GTE/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Thanks for your great advice. I had not heard that zinc helps promote healing... I raised the question about the silicone cream but was told that it will not be necessary and it's too soon to be using these creams and sheets. Keep massaging: that is my mantra... If I don't see better results by my next check-up I will be sure to bring it up again. I got the name of your suggested product, so thank you for that. How long after you used the cream did your scar shrink down??
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My scars are barely visible at 17 days post surgery. I've only been using the gel for a for few days now.
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Lucky youuuu!! Keep up the nice healing :-))
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Thanks for posting on RealSelf! Your scar does look a bit raised. What does your surgeon say about it?
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