This is not normal and for the best chance at the best result requires exploration and revision - which timing wise hopefully has already been done. it appears as though either blood or fluid accumulated and this need to be removed/cleaned out and the skin redraped aesthetically again. Done promptly and skillfully, you can still have a good result.
Fluid Collection After A Facelift
I assume by now you had this treated. If not, I agree with the others. This requires prompt care. James P. Bonaparte
Fluid ridge following face and neck lift
Dear SweetPea6:Not knowing what was performed, this appears to be a fluid reaccumulation along the tunnel the drain was placed. Various options are used but based on your description, the skin has adhered down leaving a ridge with a tunnel of fluid.The sooner this is corrected, the sooner you will be looking much better. If your surgeon is uncomfortable with re-opening the neck skin flap to remove the fluid and redrape the skin, obtain a second opinion for care from a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with significant face and neck lift experience.All the best!
Lumps, Bumps or Swelling after a Facelift
You appear to have a fluid collection or hematoma that has formed under your skin. This is a complication from surgery that should be addressed immediately. I would recommend returning to see your surgeon so he/she can evaluate you in person and decide on a treatment plan with you. Your situation reiterates the important point that, if you have any concerns or questions about your surgery or healing process, contact your surgeon. There is no such thing as a silly question or too many questions. Good communication with your surgeon is essential to both make sure you are well informed about your surgery and give you a resource to evaluate and treat any issues that may arise (such as your case). If your surgeon is not available or will not see you, insist on another doctor who is able to evaluate you. No photos or phone conversation can replace an in-person evaluation of what is going on.
Best of luck in your recovery process.
Lump under chin after facelift
Hello. It looks like you developed a postoperative hematoma, or seroma. Every case is managed differently, but in general we recommend immediate surgery to remove the fluid. Fortunately, if recognized early and intervention is correctly performed, most patients recover fine. But you should expect a prolonged period before you look good. Good luck.
You do have a very peculiar problem. Since I don't know what technique was used for your facelift, I can't be absolutely sure what to do, but you will most likely need that skin redraped. If there is a fluid collection under the skin (and it looks like there is), I would definitely want to evacuate the fluid and try to redrape the redundant skin. If you are concerned about your surgeon, consider a second opinion with a facial rejuvenation specialist before another procedure.Andrew Campbell, M.D.Facial Plastic SpecialistQuintessa Aesthetic Centers
Face lift - should I go back to the OR
Thank you for asking about your face lift.
- It certainly looks in your photo as though you have a hematoma or seroma
- Yes, if you were my patient I would want to open the wound and remove all fluid without delay.
Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS