Slight Hearing Loss After Lower Face Lift?

post op everything going well..but i have muffled hearing in both ears! , it is significantly affecting my hearing ..what is this? - I am arranging to have my ears syringed, but has anyone had this problem before

Doctor Answers 11

Blood in external auditory canal

Hi Fleurly. 

I concur 100% with all the other answers given here. I am not posting to re-iterate their diagnoses, but more to say I am happy to have a look for you as I practice near London. First port of call should be your surgeon though, but I would advise against syringing. I have seen far too many cases of doctor/ nurse induced perforated eardrum!

All the best 



London Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 137 reviews

Slight Hearing Loss After Lower Face Lift?

Thank you for your question. Here in the Bay Area, we put Bacitracin covered cotton balls into the ear canal to keep fluid out of the ear.  This also prevents blood from leaking into the canal and forming a clot or dried blood which reduces hearing significantly.  Have the ears examined, and there may be some dried surgery products or possibly some cotton if they use that to keep them clear. Localized swelling may also be a factor. I hope this helps.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
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Hearing Loss After Facelift

What you are describing sounds like some blood may have dripped in during your surgery and it just needs to be cleaned. This is pretty straight forward and can be done quickly. I suggest speaking with your surgeon to make sure or scheduling another appointment.

Babak Azizzadeh, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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This is very common and usually results from fluid or even some blood that can get into the ear canal from the facelift incisions. It usually resolves on its own but to be sure, ask your surgeon to examine your ear canal and  remove any old blood or fluid. Attached here is a video that may give you a little more info regarding the facelift. 

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It is possible to have some some dried blood associated with ear wax in your ear canal. Sometimes the solution that is used to clean the face can also get caught in the canal. However, sometimes swelling of the tube that connects the ears to the nose can cause these symptoms (similar to the sensation when you are changing altitudes like in a plane) due to swelling of that area from the tube that is used to keep you breathing during the procedure if you had general anesthesia. An examination by an ear nose and throat physician is advisable. Also to ensure that there is no other pathology that could be causing the muffling of sounds.

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Slight Hearing Loss after Lower Facelift?

You may have swelling and a little blood in your ear canal.  Consult with an ENT specialist regarding cleaning and exam.

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Slight Hearing Loss After Lower Face Lift?

You probably have some swelling and perhaps some blood in your ear canal.  Cleaning that out should do it. 

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