This area behind the ear is a prime spot for wound separation because of higher tension. I think you have this separation and not an infection. Hibiclens and neosporin are just fine. The area weill heal. My Best, Dr C
This area is a high tension area during a face lift and because of this the wound may have separated a bit. It is red because the inflammatory reaction that is helping to mend the tissues is working overtime. It does not look like you have any surround cellulitis or frank infection. You should see your plastic surgeon, but I would guess that he/she will tell you that it looks ok and will heal up just fine on its own. You should keep it clean with soap and water and perhaps apply bacitracin ointment. Have your surgeon make sure that you are not having any reaction to sutures.
I think that this will heal up just fine. It is important that you see your surgeon a bit more frequently so that it continues to go in the right direction and the redness doesn't worsen....which would in that case certainly make you worry about infection.
These small areas behind the ear rarely but can have healing issues. Often because of the tension placed behind the ear. I would consider your treatment along with an oral antibiotic. It seems contrary but the chin up position will reduce the amount of tension behind the ear. Best of luck to you.
Contact your plastic surgeon as soon as possible for an exam. You may have a reaction to sutures.The ointment could make the area worse. While in the shower, clean the area at least twice daily with a mild soap.
It does not look infected, but that is difficult to judge from a photo. It may just be some inflammation in the scar as it is healing, with slow healing. You should ask to see your PS this week as they can help you get this healing better.
If you are concerned about anything, it is always best to contact your surgeon or surgeon's representative (nurse, assistant) as soon as possible. Although you may not have an infection, if you do, catching it early on is of great importance and will allow your surgeon to manage it quickly and effectively.
- The picture suggests you have delayed healing, perhaps a suture reaction behind your ear,
- it does not look like infection,
- hibiclens and any ointment are likely to make it worse,
- call your Plastic Surgeon to be seen earlier,
- In the meantime, clean it gently with water and cover with a moist gauze twice a day. Dry skin takes longer to heal.
Fortunately acelift infections usually rapidily. On review of your photo occasionally the neosporin can cause an allergic redeness that looks worse. Swithcing to dilute betdine would fix that.
Infection after a facelift
It is extremely uncommon to develop an infection after a facelift. From
your photo it appears that you have some superficial desquamation, mild skin
loss. This should heal uneventfully. See your plastic surgeon for proper
It is hard to tell if that is an infection or a separation. Either way your surgeon should be able to address that. See if you can get in earlier.