Feel Good 4 Months After Facelift. But Only 2 Hours Per Day. Any Explanation?

I had a mini-lower lift 4 months ago. I had a lot of issues with recovery most of which are slowly resolving. My primary remaining issues are tightness, pulling and numbness around ears. But here's the strange part: For the last 6 weeks when I wake up in the morning and for the first 1.5 - 2 hours of the day, I have almost no facial discomfort.(Even usually numb areas feel completely normal!) Everyday I hope the normalcy will last longer than 2 hours, but so far it hasn't. Any ideas?

Doctor Answers 4

Facelift Recovery Varies

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Tightness After Facelift

Full recovery from a facelift procedure may take up to 6 months, so I would continue to wait for the final results. Recovery varies from person to person, and I would not worry about it at this early stage.


Facelift recovery and scarring

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Recovery after facelift may take time. However, persistent discomfort may be associated with a progressively thickening scar or scar contracture that should be addressed. I perform may facelift procedures in Los Angeles and ask patients to massage daily. 

Sensation 4 Months after Facelift

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    Awkward sensations of pain 4 months after facelift may be normal, but an exam is necessary to determine any issues with healing.

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Facelift surgery recovery

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Dear SallieSu2,

  • You should really visit your plastic surgeon so that you can have a full exam
  • It may also depend on any other medical issues that you may or may not have
  • It requires a more thorough evaluation than we can perform online

Best regards,

Nima Shemirani

Nima Shemirani, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 80 reviews

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