Send Photos to Your Surgeon
A photograph would be very helpful. For patients who live at a distance, I've found that examining transmitted cell phone pictures by text or email will help your surgeon tell you how much swelling is normal and whether there is anything worrisome. Generally, swelling should be gradually improving rather than getting worse, and the red ear at 2 weeks is not normal. I would definitely send photographs for evaluation — and if necessary, visit your surgeon in person.
See a Local Surgeon in Person
Although a substantial amount of
swelling is to be expected after a facelift, it doesn't usually suddenly get
worse 2 weeks after surgery. I recommend that you see you a board-certified
plastic surgeon who practices nearby or even your general practitioner for an
in-person examination. He or she can determine whether you're experiencing any
complications and get you on the path to treatment. I'm sorry that you're
feeling worried and uncomfortable, but the good news is that your symptoms should
There are certain cases where swelling may get worse, but it’s not the norm.
While swelling can last longer than two weeks, generally patients do begin to see some improvement rather than worsening at that point. There are certain cases where swelling may get worse, but it’s not the norm. If your surgeon can’t examine you, I would recommend visiting a local surgeon to be examined and see what’s going on. Make sure you visit a board-certified facial plastic surgeon for an expert opinion.
Swelling worse 2 weeks after face lift. Is this normal?
Thank you for your question.
If the swelling is getting worse and you are reporting
inflammation and redness, I recommend that you be examined by your
physician. I wish you the best of luck.
Swelling Is Normal, But There May Be Cause For Concern
Swelling should be improving at this time, not getting worse.
Photos would help to determine if there is an issue. You should contact the
operating surgeon and send him photos of your current situation so he can
better judge whether or not an issue is present. The “red right ear” might be
the sign of a developing infection. If you start to develop fever and drainage
from the wounds, you should seek immediate attention. Even a visit to an
emergency room or urgent care might be helpful in that case. All the best to
you as you continue your recovery.
Increased swelling 2 weeks after facelift--normal?
Thank you for your question. Hard to tell from your description what is going on. You should get examined by your surgeon or someone he/she knows in your area that can evaluate you properly.
This could be normal healing, or it could be a problem. It is hard to tell from a verbal description and a picture of the ear redness could be helpful.
Hopefully, this pain is just the nerves waking up which will settle down and you will be fine. I would send a picture to your doctor to confirm.
Faceift Concerns at 2 Weeks
One of the historical disadvantages of having a facelift out of town is lacking immediate access to your Surgeon. However, with modern messaging tools such as Skype, Facetime, and the ability to text photos to your Surgeon, these concerns should largely be obviated. People heal at varying rates after a Facelift and it is not unusual to still have swelling at 2 weeks; this is not unusual after a deep plane or composite style lift. However, I would caution you to a) keep in close contact with your Surgeon, and b) moderate your activity especially in the setting of increasing swelling.
Swollen ear after facelift
I would visit with a local plastic surgeon so that he can examine you. Again, this may all be normal..except for the swollen and red ear. This should be examined by a doctor.
Increasing swelling and pain after a FL
It is normal to have swelling after a facelift, and this swelling may worsen for a few days after the lift. However with the symptoms of increasing pain, increasing swelling and a red ear I am concerned that you may have a post operative infection.
Please contact your surgeon.