The sides of my face and neck seem hard 10 days post surgery. Maybe still some swelling? What can I do to help resolve this? I am having my stitches out in 2 days and the staples behind my ears, could it get better once those are gone? Plus I think I have developed a small hematoma in front of one ear, maybe dime sized or a bit smaller, which I will have him look at. I knew there would be swelling and numbness, but this seems like something different. I start a new job in 3 1/2 weeks, but I am worried.
Hardness on Sides of Face and Neck 10 Days After Facelift?
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Hardness on face and neck 10 days after facelift surgery
The hardness you are feeling on the side of your face and neck is a result of swelling. This is a normal occurrence following surgery, and resolves over time. A hematoma needs to be addressed right away, and I would recommend a follow up with your surgeon immediately. Overall, you will need some time to heal and it is important to be patient during this process. I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck with the remainder of your recovery.
Hardness on the face after facelift
This is very likely normal swelling 10 days after your surgery. The swelling in these areas can cause the tissue here to become firm, and this will resolve on its own. Try and be patient!
Hardness of Face after Facelift
Several days after facelift surgery is still very early in the healing process. It's expected to have a degree of firmness or hardness after cosmetic surgery. Most of this sensation is usually due to swelling. Keeping the head elevated, ice packs, salt restriction, and following your plastic surgeon's care instructions will help maximize healing and minimize swelling. Facial massage may help too soften the skin. However, you must speak with him/her regarding any issues you have. Best of luck.
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I tell my patients that swelling is normal and part of the deal. It is noticeable for weeks and varies widely and cannot be eliminated. Elevation while sleeping is helpful, often for up to 6 weeks.
Massage, heat, cold, ultrasound, infrared application, etc are often tried but don't change the natural course of events very much
Small hematomas are not uncommon and can sometimes be easily aspirated in the office.
Ask your surgeon to check it out as he/she is in best position to evaluate.
10 days after your facelift it appears your recovery is normal to this point. There are really few things to do to accelerate the healing process. Continue to follow your surgeon's directions and in 3 1/2 weeks you will be more than presentable for your new job opportunity.
Hardness Of Skin After A Facelift
Every symptom that you have described is exactly what a facelift feels like at your point after surgery. Swelling, bruising, firmness and irregularities of the facial skin are common and expected. You will be surprised how much better it will be in another 3 weeks when you return to work. While every abnormal sensation and feeling will not be completely gone, you will look much more normal and very passable in public without looking like you have had facelift surgery.
Swelling after Facelift
Swelling is a normal response after any surgery especially a facelift. I always tell my patients that although a lot of the swelling will go down in a weeks time, there will always be residual swelling that could take many more weeks to completely go away depending on the initial swelling, bruising and the way each person heals and recovers. As long as you are healing well and you do not have a hematoma (other than the small one you described) this is completely normal. There is not much you can do to speed up the process. It takes time.
Hardness on the side of my face after a facelift
Hi Marjayray, it is normal to have swelling in the face following a facelift that can last for several months. Swelling creates a firm feeling that can be alarming if not prepared for it. Usually, the majority of visible swelling will resolve within the first month but you may feel swollen for several months. Make sure to follow up with your surgeon to ensure that you are healing according to plan.
Swelling and firmness after surgery
Hard Ridges on Side of Face and Neck 10 Days after Facelift
The feeling of hardness or swelling is normal at 10 days following facelift. A small hematoma may need to be drained, or you may just have a small bruise. The plastic surgeon can make this determination with a quick exam.
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