Is It Normal to Have Bumps Behind the Earlobe 3 Weeks Post Op After a Face/neck Lift?

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Bumps Behind the Earlobe 3 Weeks Post Op After a Face/Neck Lift

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.

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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A few bumps behind the ear are normal and will go away

It's completely normal to have a few lumps so soon after surgery.   They likely are from some deep sutures that will dissolve with time.  Be patient- all will look and feel well in the end!

Adam David Lowenstein, MD, FACS
Santa Barbara Plastic Surgeon
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Bumps behind the earlobe after face/neck lift

It's very common to feel "bumps" behind the earlobe after your face/neck lift surgery. Most of the time, these are stitching placed along the incision. Most of the stitching are either removed by surgeon or will reabsorb with time. You can also expect some skin reaction to the sutures and it's quite prominent at about 3 to 6 weeks post op. Make sure your are healing well and recovering as expected.

Best Wishes,

Stewart Wang, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Bumps behind ear after facelift

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As the other surgeons mentioned you are likely feeling some suture.  But you may also be feeling some bunching or gathering of the skin.

Not to worry this usually goes away after a few months too.

Be sure you stay in close contact with your plastic surgeon.

Steven H. Williams, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Bumps Behind Ears After Facelift

     Bumps and lumps are a normal part of the healing process after facelift.  These areas should reduce over time and blend seemlessly.

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Bumps behind ears after a Facelift

What you are feeling are the sutures under the skin.  These will dissolve over time.  Be sure to keep your appointments with your surgeon over the next year.

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Bumps behind ears after a facelift

Yes, it is totally normal to feel bumps behind your ears early after surgery. They are probably the stitches that will dissolve over the next couple of months. Keep in contact with your surgeon who will be best able to guide you during this post op period.

Ronald Schuster, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Bumps behind ears after facelift

It is not uncommon to have some bumps or irregularities after a facelift only three weeks after surgery. They usually flatten. If concerned, talk to your surgeon.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Yes, this usually occurs because of the repositioning of tissue.  Sometimes a standing cutaneous cone, plete, can develop behind the ear.  This will resolve itself with time and the resolution can be expedited with massage.  If the bump persists steroid injections will sometimes soften scar tissue.

Edward Farrior, MD
Tampa Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Bumps after Facelift

Yes, this can be normal depending on the type of facelift performed.  This may represent edema or slight excess in skin that should resolve with time. Follow the recommendations of your operating surgeon. 


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