Facial Redness After Facelift?

Although the black & blue bruising is gone 2 months post surgery, the sides of my face where it is still hard and tender seem unusually red, and the skin is not smooth at all. Will this disappear with time, or is it something that should be addressed and treated? It's still too tender for any thick make up, can only use powder so it's very obvious. I see doctor in a week, but would like additional opinions please! Thanks so much.

Doctor Answers 12

Is my healing process proceeding normally?

The hardness that you are experiencing is most likely residual swelling. Swelling can take up to a year to completely resolve. During that process the skin and underlying muscle will gradually soften and the contour will even out. If you are still using antibiotic ointment on the incision lines it may be causing the persistent redness. Make sure that you have consistent follow up with your surgeon to ensure that you are healing normally.

Newport Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Redness & Swelling After Facelift

2 months post procedure is still very early in the healing process, and it's extremely common to still experience minor symptoms like redness and tender skin.Over the first six to 12 months, most raised skin irregularities settle.  However, it sounds like your concerns may be more than the typical healing process. I suggest you revisit your surgeon to double check everything.

Babak Azizzadeh, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Skin reactions postoperatively from face lift

It is not unusual to have some ongoing manifestations of healing as late as 2 months after surgery.  Some redness in the skin can be a sign of ongoing normal inflammation and while not common, will likely improve.  I do agree with having your physician follow your progress so all of your questions can be answered.

Adam David Lowenstein, MD, FACS
Santa Barbara Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Redness of the cheeks after facelift can persist for weeks.

Increased blood supply to the cheeks resulting in redness can persist after a facelift is a normal component of a healing process. This is more likely to be seen in patients with rosacea. The condition should pass with time.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Redness following a facelift

It is hard to tell exactly what is your specific problem.  It is not unusual to have some firmness and redness of the skin following a facelift.  There are many different types of facelift procedures and some undermine the skin more extensively than others.  The undermined skin frequently turns red for a short period of time.  Over the first 3 to 6 months the redness,lumps, irregularities and swelling should subside.  It it possible that you had a chemical peel or a laser treatment to your skin at the same time.  This may account for some of your redness.  Your plastic surgeon is in the best position to tell the extent of the problem and to suggest possible treatment strategies.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Facial Redness After Facelift?

 It's difficult to give specifics regarding the redness without photos of the area. Traditional Face Lifts can have lumps, bumps, hardness and skin discoloration that takes 6 months or longer to resolve.  This is the main reason that the vast majority, of our Face Lift patients, opt for a "less invasive", minimal incision Face Lift where the healing is measured in days, not months.  Your Face Lift Surgeon should be able to advise you at your next post op visit.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Redness and Hardness 2 Months Following Facelift

     Hardness is to some extent unavoidable, for as scars mature they harden first and then soften.  This will get better over time.  The redness is not likely an infection.  Facial infections after facelift occur at about 0.5%.  If you had small residual hematomas or slightly compromised skin or both, the redness may take longer to dissipate.  As always, this is speculative as there are not pictures and an exam by your surgeon will be the best comfort.

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 496 reviews

Facial redness after facelift

At two months after your facelift, there still will be additional healing taking place.  Pictures would be very helpful, but I would say that there most likely will still be some improvement over time.  If you skin color is fairly light, it would not be unusual to have some redness, but it should be improving over time.  Additionally, any firmness or tenderness should also be improving with time.  I would make sure you keep your appointment with your surgeon next week, and he or she should be able to evaluate your progress.  

Michael I. Echavez, MD
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Facial skin problems post-facelift

    Most likely at this point ( 2 months after your facelift ) the thickness, redness and persistent inflammatory response in your skin is because the skin itself was injured during the facelift proceedure.  Most likely the flaps were too thin and the blood supply to the underlying dermis was injured.  There is nothing to do but treat the skin as gently as possible and perhaps use some cocoa butter. Hopefully after enough time the process will heal itself. Most of these problems resolve on their own over the first 6 months.

Richard Galitz, MD, FACS
Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Facial redness after facelift

It is not abnormal to have some residual redness and irregularities 2 months after your facelift. An exam and/or photos would really be necessary to provide you with recommendations. Speaking with your surgeon at your appointment will be best, as they will be able to provide you with advice. I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck with the remainder of your recovery. 

Paul S. Nassif, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

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