Will bumps in the centre of my cheeks, that show up 5 to 6 weeks after a face lift/neck, gradually disappear on their own?

I had a face lift and neck lift 6 weeks ago. I still have quite a bit of numbness, just in front of both ears, as well as along my jaw line and most of my right ear. In the last 10 days I have started to get multiple bumps in both cheeks. I only had one bump on the left cheek one week after surgery. Will more bumps show up as the numbness resolves itself. If I wait will these bumps resolve on their own or will waiting and doing nothing make getting rid of them harder or worse make it impossible.

Doctor Answers 4

The Appearance of Lumps 5-6 Weeks After a Facelift

When the skin is separated from the underlying tissues during surgery, small sensory #nerves are cut. Varying degrees of numbness will be present after surgery and will improve gradually as the nerves reconnect to the skin. This process can take from 2-6 months for face, neck and cheeks, and to 9-12 months for the forehead and scalp. Muscle weakness may also be present around the mouth especially if liposuction is used. This typically recovers fully in the months after surgery. 

As the nerves regenerate, the itching, burning, tingling and shooting #sensations will occur. Ice, moisturizers and gentle #massaging are helpful during this phase of the #healing process. Frequently there is a tight feeling in the neck, jawline and cheek after a facelift. During surgery, not only the skin but the underlying muscles are tightened to create a better and longer lasting result. Additionally, the #swelling will move downward in the first week and the neck will feel even tighter. Do not be alarmed: the sensation will decrease during the first month. 
Some degree of firmness or lumpiness under the skin is normal after surgery and will resolve with time. Local massage will speed resolution of this problem, which normally takes 2-4 months to disappear completely. If you have certain concerns about the procedures and #healing process, it is recommended to call your board-certified surgeon or their medical staff and discuss those #concerns.


Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling, numbness and bumpiness following facelift

6 weeks out from facelift surgery is still quite early for assessing final results. The numbness will gradually recede over a 3 to 6 months period -- and sometimes some mild decrease or change in sensation (I haven't met anyone who was bothered by this) lasts much longer. Swelling gradually goes down over this period as well. If there are irregularities under the surface where sutures are pulling at or puckering the deeper tissues, this can be more noticeable as swelling goes down -- but tend to smooth out over time. These initial annoyances will run their course, for the most part, during the first 3 months.

Richard Parfitt, MD
Madison Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Contour irregularities after a facelift should disappear.

  • Contour irregularities 6 to 8 weeks after a facelift are quite unusual. However provided there is no foreign body in your cheeks this should resolve with time.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Swelling after facelift may take months to resolve

There is extensive swelling and bruising after a facelift procedure. What you describe sounds like normal post op "lumps and bumps". Be patient, it should reslove on its on soon.

David Finkle, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 74 reviews

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