11 days post facelift/co2 laser. Left side neck swelling normal or seroma? Should I give it more time or be concerned? (Photos)
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Post Operative Swelling, Facelift
Thank you for your photographs. While it is not possible to determine exactly what is happening based on your photographs alone, there does appear to be a collection of fluid or blood at this site. It is of the upmost importance you have this evaluated immediately as to prevent any delayed healing or blistering of the skin. Good Luck!
It is hard to tell from the photos, but you need to be seen in person to make sure you do not have a hematoma. Good luck.
Post op swelling/bruising a concern
Based on your photo and the fact that you describe you swelling/bruising as getting worse, not better, I am concerned. I would definitely advise that you see your surgeon ASAP to determine whether or not this is a hematoma.
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You may have a hematoma or a seroma. It would likely be beneficial to drain this area so it resolves quicker, but for this you should see a plastic surgeon near you.
Neck swelling following a facelift
I advise seeing your plastic surgeon immediately. This has the appearance of an infected hematoma and needs immediate attention. Treatment might be drainage with culture of the fluid, antibiotics. If not infected then a simple aspiration may be sufficient.
Concerns for Hematoma or Seroma
if you have concerns of a colllection after facelift surgery you should contact your surgeon right away. They are the one that did the procedure and should evaluate it. 11 days after surgery is a very unlikely time to get a hematoma. A seroma may be possible but needs to be evaluated in person by your doctor.
11 days post facelift/co2 laser. Left side neck swelling normal or seroma? Should I give it more time or be concerned?
Thank you for your photo. Based on your photo I would be concerned that you have a hematoma or blood beneath the face and neck lift flap. In my opinion this requires immediate attention and you should contact your plastic surgeon or see someone locally.
Speak with your surgeon
You should touch base with your doctor.You could have a small collection of blood under the skin which may need to be drained. If you are hundreds of miles away you might want to see a local doctor that your surgeon recommends. The local surgeon may see you as a courtesy and charge a small fee. At least you would have some peace of mind and reassurance without having to drive such a long distance.
Healing and Recovery After Your Facial Procedure
First and foremost, its best to remain patient. It is still early in to your recovery. The healing process in general can take up to one month for the majority of swelling to subside, incisions to close, sutures to come out, and for bruising to completely go away.
#Recovery time from a #facelift varies from person to person, but patients can generally expect to be presentable within three weeks from surgery. Patients should expect swelling, bruising, and discoloration of the skin during this phase of recovery (swelling normally goes down after 48 hours; most bruising will go away within two weeks). The marks from a facelift can easily hidden with “camouflage” make-up which you can learn how to apply.
The scars from a facelift mature within six to twelve months from the surgery date. It is during this time that the rejuvenating effects of the facelift will become apparent and the real result will be seen. If you have certain concerns about the procedures and #healing process, it is recommended to call your board-certified surgeon or their medical staff and discuss those #concerns.
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