After undergoing a Facelift or any surgery, your body undergoes a process of inflammation and healing.
Although the sutures are usually removed in the first week after surgery, the healing process continues for up to 1 year.
All patients having a Facelift develop numbness in the cheeks since the skin of the face is lifted away from the underlying tissues. As a result, the nerves are no longer communicating with the skin. Fortunately, the nerves usually recover fully and the feeling returns to the face.
Hardness and lumpiness are the result of the body's response to the surgical injury. The healing process involves many changes in the tissue that lead to hardness, lumpiness, bruising, and swelling.
This condition improves rapidly within the first few weeks, and then more slowly over the course of several months.
In order to see the result of a true full Facelift, it takes at least 3-6 months.
Rest assured that the numbness and the lumpiness will abate over time.
I hope you found this information helpful.
Good luck with your recovery.