Will Lumps Go Away After Facelift and Necklift Surgery?

i am now 5 weeks after my operation and have had a 2nd opinion from my doctor regarding lump on side of neck ,, he says its a hematoma, and will go away by itself. the first doctor i seen says it was (just the healing process) but will gradually go away by itself .. is this possible ?? the lump is not hot now but a little uncomfortable ,,, my jawline has really improved with the lift . i had operation done in prague so cant go and see my surgeon although have emailed and they say i look fine xx

Doctor Answers 20

Hematoms Lumps after a Facelift

The lumps will indeed go away by themselves.  It sounds like you are experiencing  the normal stages of healing.  If you would like to speed the process along, we often recommend using warm, moist compresses and light massage to break up and eliminate the remnants of hematomas.  Don't be too aggressive, as you will create more swelling.  Just very gentle massage.  You will look great in no time. 

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Lumps and Bumps after Facelift

You have seen your physician who feels that your problem is small post-operative hematomas. These will resolve; sometimes it is helpful to have massage or ultrsound to these spots. At this time, all you can get other opinions or return to your surgeon in prague.  Without a physical examination, none of the physicians on Real Self canconfidently reassure you.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Lumps 5 Weeks After Facelift Should Resolve With Massage

Thank you for your question.

It is not uncommon to have lumps under the skin following facelift surgery. Usually these lumps are collections of blood under the skin.

If they occur in the first few days, are expanding or painful, they should be removed or drained.

However, lumps that appear weeks after surgery are usually clotted blood which is not easy to remove. Typically massage and time (as much as 6 months) will help them resolve.

Lumps and bumps after facelift

be reassured that things will be fine. At 5 weeks, a hematoma should be soft and most often be able to be aspirated. What can you do? Gentle massage and even lymphatic massages done professionally will help allow you to recover faster

Jeffrey Kenkel, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Lumps & Bumps May Take Up to 3 Mnths to Resolve; See a Plastic Surgeon if it Persists

Lumps and bumps following facelift surgery are not uncommon. These usually result from areas of tissue indurations, small blood clots and scar tissue. They typically respond to massage and show significant improvement in the first six weeks following surgery. The vast majority have resolved in three months. If this represents an area of concern, make sure you discuss the issue with your plastic surgeon. Your surgeon will be able to help you manage this problem. Be patient, you may ultimately have an excellent result.

Postoperative lumps

While lumpiness is 3 weeks after your face lift is not routine, if is not necessarily abnormal.  Localized regions of swelling or edema may persist for several weeks, though lumpiness could also represent collections of blood or fluid.  The best thing to do is to ask your plastic surgeon about what her or his thoughts are regarding your appearance- only by direct examination can you get an accurate assessment.

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If you have seen an experienced Face Lift surgeon regarding this matter and he said it was a hematoma that would eventually resolve...it appears you have an explanation from a surgeon who has examined you.  This should be held in higher regard than anyone here who has not.

I will tell you that lumps and bumps that occur secondary to the tissue trauma that's part of a Face Lift... typically resolve eventually but these can last for up to 1 year.  If a hematoma occurs, the blood causes increased irritation within the tissues and lumps hat can last even longer.

You may want to follow up with the surgeon who has examined you.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Facelift/necklift lumps

Thank you for the photos.  There seems to be a very little swelling and contour irregularity, but within normal limits for this point post treatment.  It was a good idea to let your original surgeon know what is going on.  I would follow up with your second, (local), doctor and make sure they know about your concerns.

Jeffrey J. Roth, MD, FACS
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Will this lump go away?

It is hard to discern based on the submitted photo, but whether it's a small hematoma or some redundancy of tissue the was manipulated during the facelift, it will typically improve with additional healing time; 5wks is still early in the healing process. Hang in there!

Bryan Correa, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Lumps after facelift

Thank you for your question for sharing your concerns with us. Swelling and firmness in the tissues will return to normal as time passes by. Between the first and second week, much of your swelling and bruising will dissipate. It may take more than a month or two for your tissues to fully soften and any residual swelling to resolve. Lymphatic massage maybe an option to help clear the swelling and firmness at a faster pace. I would make sure that you continue to follow up with your plastic surgeon during this period of time.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.