I had Lower Face Lift 3 wks ago, swelling under my chin hasn't subsided, I had an ultrasound which ruled out hematoma. (photos)
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I had Lower Face Lift 3 wks ago, swelling under my chin hasn't subsided
Assessing your "before" pictures would be helpful in determining the cause of the fullness after your lower facelift. However, it is more than likely you have a seroma in the area. I would strongly recommend seeing a plastic surgeon, general surgeon, or if possible the surgeon who performed the procedure, and an aspiration (with a needle) would more than likely help remove the fluid. Delaying treatment could cause the fluid collection to harden and calcify, leading to aesthetic issues or it could become infected.
I hope this helps.
Rule out infection.
If you only had facelift surgery - this is likely to just be soft tissue swelling that is very rare but can happen and as this is the most dependent part with gravity the swelling from this area will take a while to settle.
However if you had neck tightening or neck lift procedure at the same time as your facelift then it is important to rule out hematoma which you have done, which is good. In some patients they can develop a yellow fluid called a seroma which can be aspirated. This is simply done under local with a needle and may need to be repeated a number of times over the weeks while your body starts to absorb the remaining fluid and not produce any more.
I would recommend that you see a plastic surgeon here that is familiar with aspirating this rather than a general surgeon and in some cases, they may recommend that you wear a pressure garment to minimise more fluid collecting in the area.
All the best with your outcome.
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I had Lower Face Lift 3 wks ago, swelling under my chin hasn't subsided, I had an ultrasound which ruled out hematoma.
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