Best approach to damaged/torn nerve from facelift? (Photos)
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Nerve damage from face lift
Thank you for your question and sorry for your unwanted event. You clearly do not have a cut nerve, you still have function albeit slightly weaker. This means a bruised or otherwise damaged nerve that should completely recover in time. That could take anywhere from 2 to 12 months. Testing will not add anything to the prognosis. Just be patient.
Nerve injury from face lift
Thank you for asking about your face lift
- I am sorry this happened -
- Surgery now probably would not have been helpful.
- The muscle weakness is either from a bruised nerve or sutured platysma muscle which can at times cause imbalance lip movement.
- In either case. time is your friend - just wait the the nerve function should return.
Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD
This weakness usually resolves in 3 to 6 months and can still come back after waiting longer, like 8-9 months. Nothing can be gained from reexploration. I probably would not bother with neurology consultation or nerve testing. It would not change your treatment course at this point. I also would not obtain any neurological testing in the first few days for this particular problem as you may have researched. It would not change the treatment course.
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Best approach to damaged/torn nerve from facelift
great job! your doctor would probably have made things worse going back in and trying to find the nerve. 80% of these get better in the first 6 months, most of them much quicker. It look like you have tone in your lips which is a good thing.
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