Patients heal at different rates but most the time of four months stiffness of the neck is not an issue. I think it will improve as time but this is something worthy of reporting to your plastic surgeon.
I concur with the other opinions that at 4 months after surgery it is unusual to still feel tight. If the neck lift was done with spanning sutures, these may be the cause. Ask your surgeon what procedure he performed and when he expects normalization of these symptoms.
It is a bit unusual for you to have a tightness sensations after a facelift 4 months after surgery. You should be seen in person.
Tightness is a very natural sensation following a facelift. It is a bit unusual for it to persist for four months. It sounds like you are taking the correct steps to address it. As one of the previous surgeons suggested, you may want to see a physical therapist. I would also consult with an experienced facial plastic surgeon to ensure that you are healing normally.
I recommend IN PERSON consultations as second opinions to examine the tightness issues...Very hard to determine what to offer without seeing the problems...
Having next stiffness four months after a facelift is a bit unusual. It sounds like you've done all the things that you can to alleviate the symptoms and the problem. At this point I would recommend physical therapy. Also possible evaluation buy a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician.
Earl Stephenson, Jr, MD, DDS,FACS
I am sorry about your continued tightness following your facelift. Full healing takes a year. Your symptoms are a little unusual at this time, but everyone heals at a different rate. What you are doing to help alleviate the uncomfortable sensations is correct. Massage and heat treatments are the best therapies. You might also try some ultrasonic therapy. Please be patient, it will go away.
I am sorry to hear about your problem. Generally speaking, a well done neck/facelift surgery can take some time for the sensation of the tightness to improve. Skin is generally not designed to hold tension for a long period of time. So in time, it will relax. Unfortunately, it is difficult to say how long that may take. It depends on the person and this is why generalizign about surgery and medicine is very difficult.
But, rest assured, in overwhelming cases, it does improve. So hang in there.
- Yes, muscle pain can take some time to subside after a face lift.
- It is also possible that you have persistent muscle spasm from holding yourself in a protective position for weeks after surgery.
- Assuming your surgeon approves, consider a consultation with a physical therapist to see if this is muscle spasm that might be relieved with massage or other therapy.
- Ibuprofen, if you can take it, often relieves this pain.
- Often cold packs work better than warm ones.
- Icy-hot patches tend to give little relief. Best wishes.
To best answer this question you should be examined in person. There are several reasons that you may feel stiff. Numbness of the neck after surgery alone can give one the perception of stiffness. This can take 6 months are greater to improve. Also, some people subconsciously reduce the amount that they move their neck after surgery, which can lead to stiffness in that area. Other reasons are possible as well but an examination would be necessary. Discuss your issue with your surgeon.