What can be done to correct problem if problem does not resolve on its own in a reasonable amount of time? What are my options? I'm look worse now than before the surgery. How long will it take to flatten out? Normal?
Mini facelift 2 weeks ago. Now have pull marks on cheeks towards ears on one side. (photo)
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Healing Concerns Following a Facelift
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). 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. 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.
I agree with most replies that time and scar massage will improve the pulled appearance. However an option you may consider is to have your surgeon excise more skin along your temporal hairline, this will avoid the gathering that is occurring at your temporal hairline. Although the cost is a slightly longer scar along your temporal hairline, it will correct this gathering that may or may not improve.
Mini Facelift Pleats
Thank you for your question and pictures Lisa. You are only two weeks post op therefore swelling, bruising and tightness will still be present. Bunching of the skin is completely normal and in time can create smoother and neater incisions. I will suggest to my patients after 4 weeks massaging with oil or cream can be performed in circular motions to soften any lumps,bumps and pleats caused. This should improve as the swelling goes down and the skin accommodates. Please do make sure you have regular follow ups with your surgeon so he can access and ensure the healing process is looking good. Unfortunately, some patients surgery will take 3-6 months to completely settle, so do be patient!
All The Best
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2 weeks is early to assess results
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