If your description is indeed accurate and the facelift incisions extend below your ear onto your neck, this is not my typical incision placement. Perhaps if the doctor was trying to relocate an incision from a previous surgery this might be utilized. I would caution you that neither I nor any other doctor in this forum knows your specific set of circumstances or anatomy and therefore no absolute assessment or judgement can possibly be made about the appropriateness of the incision placement you had. I would strongly urge you to discuss this with your surgeon and if you are not satisfied with the answers you are within your rights to seek another opinion.
Hope that helps and best wishes,
The incisions you describe are unusual, but have been used in the past to gain more movement of the neck skin. Even if there is a history of others using such an approach, it most likely would not take care of the anterior bands you were concerned with. The submental approach is usually the best way to take care of that problem. Communication with your surgeon is important both before and after an operation. You should explore this with him/her to better understand what was being planned.
in facelifts are unheard of... but it could simply be your description not being accurate with how surgeon's think and visualize things. So a photo of your concerns would be needed to truly comment on whether your surgeon went outside the box or not. I'm sorry to hear of your complications and hope you recovered adequately to where the scarring is not going to be an issue for you. Ideally, your surgeon should be bending over backwards to help you through this and if you have enough doubt with your relationship, getting a second opinion from another plastic surgeon would be most helpful.
Thank you for your question! I am sorry that you are concerned with the incision and results. Your description is unusual and perhaps a review with your surgeon will help clarify the operative plan and results.
With Warm Regards
Trevor M Born MD
The incision that you describe is highly unusual and the reason for it is difficult to comprehend. Of course, a photo would help tremendously, but a visit to an experienced facelift surgeon for a second opinion should definitely be in your plans!
It is difficult to assess based on your description. If you could put up a picture, it may be easier to see what you are describing.
Hello. Thank you for your question. I'm very sorry to hear that you are having concerns related to your procedure. It is really impossible to make any assessment of your concerns without pictures. However, the description that you have provided does not sound typical for facelift incisions. Typically, facelift incisions are hidden in the natural creases around the ears and in the edge of the hairline, and should be well camouflaged. They should not be 2 inches away from the ear. You described some skin necrosis in your postoperative period, which can cause some scarring away from where the incisions were made. I would strongly encourage you to discuss your concerns with your primary surgeon. Only he/she knows the thought process that was used in planning the incisions. Please provide some photos if you want additional opinions from the Realself community of physicians. I wish you the best in your recovery.
Thank you for your question about
recovery from facelift.
It is not possible to give you meaningful information without pictures.
For specific questions like this and about your recovery in
general, it is best to speak with your doctor or doctor’s representative – such
as his or her nurse, or the physician on call for the practice.
You will likely get many different
opinions from members of the RealSelf Community, but they have not physically
seen or examined you, and nobody knows you or the circumstances better than
If you feel you are not being
listened to or you are doubting your doctor’s recommendations, then it is
certainly within your rights to seek a second and get the advice from another
board certified physician. This should
be done through an in-person consultation.
Obviously, if you think that you
are having a medical emergency or other serious problem, you should call 911
and/or go to your nearest emergency room.
Thank you for your question. Please provide us with pictures to determine the extent of your scarring. Always consult with a board certified facial plastic surgeon.
Pls post pictures of the incision placement to get a better idea of exactly what was done. This will help us determine how well you can expect to heal and what to do if there is a concern of scarring.