I had a full facelift. Afterwards the parotid gland on left side began leaking & I was swollen. Will it go away? (Photo)
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Parotid Gland Leak After Facelift
In addition to the Zyrtec, a Scopolamine Patch, Botox, and staying away from spicy and sour foods are often effective to resolve fluid collection from the parotid gland (sialocele/fistula) originating from the parotid gland.
Although it takes a while, for the VAST majority it will resolve.
Facelift parotid leak
I'm sorry to hear you have had many of the complications from a facelift. The parotid gland is a large spit gland that produces saliva. The treatment is aimed at decreasing the output from the gland which allows the body to then seal off the leak. This is done with pressure, medications, and occasionally Botox. With appropriate treatment, which sounds like you are receiving, it will eventually go away. If you are still noticing swelling with eating it means a leak is still present and you should still be treated as above.
With regards to facial paralysis after the facelift it would be important to know if you have a real return of your Bell's palsy (the entire face is weak) or if only a few areas aren't working (stretched nerve at surgery). The facelift would have improved the slack in your neck and around your mouth and could improve the resting appearance from your history of Bell's palsy. It will not improve the symmetry with motion. The eye may have improved as well depending on what surgery was performed in this area.
I hope this helps and good luck.
Parotid leak after facelift surgery
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Swelling in the parotid after facelift. Will it go away.
Swelling, salivary leak, BOTOX, Bell's Palsy.....
I'm sorry that you have had so much difficulty after a facelift. Most facelifts should not be as complicated. Salivary leak is a real complication of a facelift. It is not common, but can occur. Based on your history, everything is being done correctly...(pressure dressings, drain, antihistamines, and BOTOX). Most salic=vary leaks resolve on with supportive therapy described above.
The Bells Palsy is concerning. The question is if the Bells Palsy started immediately after surgery, after the BOTOX injection, or at some point in the postoperative period. If the palsy started after the BOTOX or at some point in the post operative period, it should resolve.
I had a full facelift. Afterwards the parotid gland on left side began leaking & I was swollen. Will it go away?
Facelift swelling should resolve
Andrew Campbell, M.D.
Facial Plastic Specialist
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