2 weeks post op of Neck & Cheek lift, my left side of is swollen and dented. Is this normal? (photos)

He looked this pic and said from sucture what is yr thoughts. Should I get a 2nd dr to take a look

Doctor Answers 19

Facelift Irregularities

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Thank you for your question. I understand your concern.  Uneven and irregular swelling is not an uncommon issue. It can be due to something as simple as a bit more bruising on one side versus the other or pre-existing facial asymmetry.  I would recommend giving the swelling time to resolve and keep the conversation open with your surgeon.  Best wishes.

Facelift concerns

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I would first recommend that you see your surgeon and ask about your concerns.  Time will heal most issues, but if the dent on the left cheek does not soften soon it could be permanent.  There should not be sutures that far forward in a typical facelift.  Be patient but if you are not happy with what your surgeon is telling you it's always OK to get a second opinion.

Carey Nease, MD
Chattanooga Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

The contour problems in your cheek are indeed something to worry about.

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Swelling can cause contour issues after facelift but not the type that is demonstrated in the photograph. You should see your plastic surgeon to sort out the reason for this unusual situation.

2 weeks post op

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Recovery and Results :

After the face lifting operation the recovery period depends on your physical status, age, general health and condition mainly. The operation itself does not take too long therefore you receive a mild anesthesia. Since the anesthesia that you receive is mild; you will not have problems associated with anesthetic agents after the operation. This is especially important and can be achieved with only a team of plastic surgeons like we have. After the operation you will have stiches and bandages which will be removed after the 10th day. You can start to do your daily activities just after the operations but we do not advise you heavy lifting, running or activities that require excess physical activity. The more you rest, the faster your recovery will be.

Bulent Cihantimur, MD
Turkey Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 102 reviews

Facelift and uneven contour.

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This is very common in facelift surgery at two weeks, especially certain type of facelift.  The swelling makes it much worse and if absorbable suture are used in the area it will last longer.  Your PS should be able to explain some of the issues. The area in question should  gradually relax and fade.  However, if no improvement is seen in 6 to 8 weeks, it could be a problem. Good luck

Miguel Delgado, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Healing after facelift

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Generally speaking, it can take 6 to 12 months to completely heal after a facelift procedure. I would strongly recommend speaking with your surgeon or his/her clinical team to discuss your concerns further.

Ross A. Clevens, MD
Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
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2 weeks post op neck and cheek lift

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At 2 weeks post neck/cheek lift, you would still be quite swollen and it is still too early to make an assessment.    I would recommend discussing your concerns with your PS at your next follow up appointment.  Best of luck

Vladimir Milovic, MD, FRACS
Sydney Plastic Surgeon

Irregular result after facelift

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Thank you for your face lift question.
  • You are early after surgery. Swelling will subside.
  • The 'dent' may be from absorbable sutures.
  • Or fluid
  • Or a residual small hematoma (blood clot)
  • There are other possibilities as well.
  • See your plastic surgeon, discuss your concerns, come up with a plan.
  • Photos taken now will help follow the problem.
  • Hope this helps. best wishes.


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Irregularities may appear and most often resolve spontaneously. It is too early to make any definitive diagnosis or to do anything about. In the worst case scenario, if that dent were to, for some reason, persist, it could likely be predictably improved with a small amount of fat grafting.

Irregularities 2 weeks after facelift surgery

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At 2 weeks after a facelift or neck lift, it would be too soon to panic, based on that photo.  Most irregularities will settle as the swelling resolves, and the skin/soft tissue relaxes after the pull.  I would advocate gentle manual daily massage at that dimpled area, but definitely consult with your surgeon first, as he knows exactly what was done surgically.

Christopher R. Hove, MD
Paoli Facial Plastic Surgeon
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