Divots in Cheek Following Neck/Face Lift

8 Weeks Ago. - What to do?

Doctor Answers 22

Irregularities after a facelift

You are very early after your facelift, so there has not been enough time to consider a revision yet.

Hopefully the irregularities will iron out with some careful care by your surgeon.

If not, the fix will depend on what the problem is due to.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Bumps after face lift

It is very common to have bumps following face lift especially in area where the muscles have been tightened such as below the jaw line and on the sides of the face or from uneven liposuctioning.  Very small bumps may be from knots in the lifting sutures.  Lumpiness along the incisions is normal.  Generally within several months these lumps will have softened and be imperceptible.   Contact your surgeon with these concerns or seek a second opinion.  Give it a couple more months  and give healing a chance to run its course.  Best wishes

Mark Loury, MD, FACS
Fort Collins Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Are lumps after a facelift normal?

It is very common to have minor irregularities after a facelift.  Often, this can be due to a suture or a retained small hematoma.  The vast majority resolve spontaneously over 6 months.  . 

Neal Goldberg, MD
Westchester Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Irregularities after facelift should fade with time

Minor irregularities after facelift surgery can occur and almost always resolve on their own. It may be related to suture pull, small blood collections, asymmetric swellig, etc.

I would certainly have your surgeon check out your concerns. A better assessment can be made after examining the area.

Thomas A. Lamperti, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

Lumps, bumps, and dents are common in the early healing phase of facelifts

Unless extreme, I would not be concerned at all about lumps, bumps, and dents in your cheek area for 3-4 months after facelifts. Sometimes these irregularities are so mild that they don't show and are only palpable, and sometimes they are actually visible. Either way, all but the most extreme fade spontaneously. Give it 3 months before you worry!

Laxmeesh Mike Nayak, MD
Saint Louis Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 198 reviews

Contour irregularities after facelift and necklift

Facelift and necklift surgery involves a significant amount of surgery throughout the cheek, jowl and neck area. There may be small clots and sutures which create some minor irregularities under the skin soon after surgery. You may allow more time for healing to occur and these issues to resolve, but you should follow up with your plastic surgeon and discuss your concerns.

Olivia Hutchinson, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Face Lift, Mini Face Lift, The Palmer Celebrity Face Lift, Beverly Hills Face Lift

Nothing.  Try and let your face heal from the Face Lift if you've had a traditional face Lift, the tissues heal over 3-6 months.  If, on the other hand you had a miniaturized, Mini, C, S or other lesser Face Lift you may want to ask the plastic and cosmetic surgeon that did your Face Lift about the area(s) that concern you.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Too early

You are way too early out -irregularities are not uncommon and should resolve themselves-it's difficult to assess without seeing a picture

Edward J. Bednar, MD
Charlotte Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 124 reviews

Bumps and irregularities after facelift

You are still very early in the process. I would certainly wait before making any judgments. Iregularities gnerally become milder over time. But if they dont, you can consider fat grafting. Speak with your surgeon and follow his/her direction, but for now wait  until things heal.

Raj S. Ambay, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Post Operative Expectations After a Facelift

One can expect normal swelling in the cheek and neck area to subside in 6-8 weeks. If there are some contour irregularities many of those again will resolve in 6-12 weeks. However, if they are sustainable they may be augmented either with fillers or fat at 3-6 months. This does happen, but it is not a common occurrence.

Rod J. Rohrich, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 61 reviews

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