After Facelift 2 weeks ago, I have 'pleat' or pucker along one ear. Will this go away? If so, how long should it take? (photo)
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Pleat' or Pucker Along One Ear 2 Weeks Post Op
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). When the skin is separated from the underlying tissues during surgery, small sensory #nerves are cut. Varying degrees of numbness will be present after surgery and will improve gradually as the nerves reconnect to the skin. This process can take from 2-6 months for face, neck and cheeks, and to 9-12 months for the forehead and scalp. Muscle weakness may also be present around the mouth especially if liposuction is used. This typically recovers fully in the months after surgery.
As the nerves regenerate, the itching, burning, tingling and shooting #sensations will occur. Ice, moisturizers and gentle #massaging are helpful during this phase of the #healing process. Frequently there is a tight feeling in the neck, jawline and cheek after a facelift. During surgery, not only the skin but the underlying muscles are tightened to create a better and longer lasting result. Additionally, the #swelling will move downward in the first week and the neck will feel even tighter. Do not be alarmed: the sensation will decrease during the first month.
Some degree of firmness or lumpiness under the skin is normal after surgery and will resolve with time. Local #massage of the areas may accelerate the resolution of this problem, which normally takes 2-4 months to disappear completely.
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.
Slight Changes Typically Resolve by Themselves
Facelift: Incision healing
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Thank you for your question and photo! Your concerns are noted- the scar looks a little firm- start to massage a few times a day and follow up with your Plastic Surgeon.
With Warm Regards
Trevor M Born MD
One addition piece of advice that is quick and easy and can be done at home:
-once the incision site has healed well (3 to 4 weeks), you can gently massage the area with the tip of your finger for a couple of minutes 2-4 times per day. Use some basic moisturizer on your fingers and gently massage the area. The massage can help stimulate scar healing and flatten out the area a bit more quickly.
Even if you did nothing, the area of your ear should improve over time. Remember that it takes 12-18 months for a scar to fully mature and remodel itself.
Best of luck in the healing process.
Pleat around ear 2 weeks after facelift
Of course, makeup can be used until these incisions fade more.
Face lift - strange scar in front of my ear
- You seem to be healing very well otherwise -
- This is thick scar and it should improve as time goes by.
- You truly cannot tell how things will work out this soon after a face lift.
- If the scar isnt' right after six months, your surgeon can easily correct it with a minor office procedure.
Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Best wishes - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS
Normal healing process
Dean Vistnes, MD.
Vistnes Plastic Surgery
San Francisco Bay Area
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