Follow up. Is this fat necrosis? (Photo)
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Unusual bumps post fat grafting and facelift
It is very unusual but it could be fat-related if fat grafting was done; could be excessive fat, fat necrosis, inflammatory fluid seen with healing, etc. Keep in touch with your plastic surgeon and it should improve over time.
Hope this helps!
Dr. Marc DuPere, Toronto Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon
Unusual swelling after a facelift.
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Right now you are only five weeks after the procedure. Relatively speaking, still early. During this time, the tissues are still healing, and can be influenced by multiple factors such as ultrasound, aggressive massage, potentially trying to break up what ever collection it is with a cannula or probe, very judicious steroid injections, etc.
In my opinion, now is the time to act, rather than wait this one out. I would fear that if you waited several months, that things would "set in "in the very soft and pliable tissues of the face, which could be even more difficult to address down the line.
I would visit with your surgeon again and discuss all of the above options. Based on your physical exam and what was done at the time of surgery, maybe none are indicated. May be simply waiting and massage is the right answer. However, you need to discuss this further with your plastic surgeon to make sure that you are fully involved in this process and understand the decision making here.
Best of luck!
Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Newtown Square/Philadelphia, PA
Hard to know
I would consider some ultrasound, dilute kenalog injections and massage.
It would be useful to know how much and where your doc injected the fat grafts.
Were they directly into these swollen areas?
best of luck
5 weeks following Facelift
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