Neck lift two months ago. Swelling has developed under right jaw. Advice? (Photo)
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Swelling under the side of jaw noticed after facelift.
Excellent question. Any time that swelling or pain develops after any type of procedure, it is very important that the patient bring this concern promptly to the attention of the surgeon. From your photo, I see a fullness in the location of the "submandibular salivary gland (SMG)". This gland is tucked up under the margin of the mandible when we are younger and it descends to various extents in many of us as we get older. From this photo, I can not determine if it is simply a normal descended gland, or if it is an enlarged gland, or if this fullness represents something other than the SMG. It would be useful to see and feel what the other side looks and feels like. It is not uncommon for a facelift procedure to "uncover" a longstanding decended SMG that was not as noticeable prior to the surgery because it was covered by jowls and neck fullness. Your facial plastic surgeon should be able to get to the bottom of your concern during the exam and subsequent discussion. I hope this is helpful.
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All the best.
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