Multiple Procedures Including Mini Face Lift. Golf Ball Size Swell Above Left Eye Including Swelling into Eye?

Mini F.L. & upper and lower blep surgery, fat transfers, & resect of corrugator muscle bilateral .1 wk post surgery cried in morn& when I went into bathroom to wash eyes, one eye started 2swell shut& area above eye by corrugator muscle had huge swell. I saw doc that afternoon. He said he never saw patient with this reaction. Said it is hard, could be a bleed. Said it could be simple swelling. Too soon to tell. Doc said might have to go back in to look.. Opinions and options pls??

Doctor Answers 6

Hematoma vs swelling after corrugator resection

I'm sorry to hear about your experience, but I hope it will be temporary! It sounds like it could be a hematoma (collection of blood in the tissues). These can sometimes occur in the weeks following surgery. Sometimes the blood can be drained with a needle ( if it is liquified), sometimes it needs to be removed through a small incision (if it is a clot), and sometimes it will just go away on its own. Without seeing you, it would be hard to predict which would be most appropriate. If you are not 100% comfortable with your doctor, you could seek a second opinion, but generally it is best to allow one doctor to manage your care since that doctor is most familiar with your procedure.

Jupiter Plastic Surgeon
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Sounds like a hematoma

A golf ball sized swelling on the face, one week following a facial rejuvenation procedure is most likely a hematoma. I agree that going back to drain it may be the best option.

Kevin Brenner, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling following facelift.

Thanks very much for your question.  I am sorry that you are having any of these issues.  I would need to at least see a photo to know for certain.  It may be swelling that will go away on it's own.  Even if it was a small hematoma, these often will resolve on their own.  You should see your surgeon regularly until the problem resolves.

Shaun Parson, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling around the eye following cosmetic surgery

Hello, and sorry to hear about the issue you are experiencing. In general, the side effects of a facelift can include the following:

1) Swelling
2) Firmness
3) Bleeding
4) Numbness
5) Bruising
6) Nerve injury that is temporary but sometimes permanent

From what it sounds like, you may have a hematoma. Swelling can be a factor as well, as it is still very soon after your surgery. I would recommend staying in close contact with your surgeon and following all of his/her recommendations. The best thing right now would be to give it some time and settle down, and treat the area as directed. If it is a hematoma, your surgeon will take the necessary steps to take care of it. I hope this helps, and feel better!

Mini Facelift, Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery and Golf Ball Sized Swelling

     I am sure that your plastic surgeon will take very good care of you.  This type of massive swelling you are describing sounds like a hematoma but may be a seroma as well.  Drainage of this area probably makes the most sense to reduce the chance of contour deformity later.  However, I have not examined you and your plastic surgeon is in a better position to treat you.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Problems after mini-face lift, eye lid lifts and corrugator resection

Thank you for your question about your healing after your mini-face lift, upper and lower lid lifts and corrugator resection (removal of frown muscle.) 

  • If your blood pressure is high, it needs prompt treatment. 
  • Causes include allergies, fluid shifts from sleep position, bleedinginfection
  • If things don't improve quickly, a small needle aspiration of the swelling may show the cause if it is bleeding or infection. Surgery may be needed,
  • I am sorry about your complication. Hope this helps.

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