Is this normal? How long will it take to go away if it will go away? Is this a common thing? I know most will say wait a few months, but wanted to know how often this happens, lets say out of every 10 patients? And how often it completely disappears. I understand I have a short-scar SMAS lift so bunching, folding vertically is always a possibility? My other ear does not have any folds. I'm only at Day 6 post op, stitches / staples will be removed tomorrow. Will it only flatten after that?
Will vertical folds behind my ears go away? (photo)
Doctor Answers 9
Vertical fold behind ear after facelift--not normal.
That being said, this seems a bit more than usual, and your surgeon may need to do a minor local anesthesia revision once things have fully softened and settled. This should not be "explained away" as "normal" nor should you accept this. After spending nearly $10 grand, I'd repair this minor miscue with a "no-charge" when things have softened and settled enough to do so safely (probably 3 months or more after surgery).
Vertical folds behind the ear after SMAS facelift usually go away
Healing after SMAS facelift
Smooth redraping of the skin is the goal.
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Fold After Facelift
6 days after surgery things usually look strange, it's normal
That may represeant a drain tract or just a fold from the gathering of the skin, these things do settle and are common
Facelift with short scar
Usually a short scar ends at the base of the ear lobe or slightly behind it. In patients with a lot of lax skin the incision is extended normally in a full facelift incision. You have some bunching that is irregular. It may soften with time.
Looking at your scar, you did not have a pure "short scar facelift"
The fold is too large, and may not completely disappear. The only thing to do now is to wait and see. You may require a revision by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon (American Board of Plastic Surgery)
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