If at 5 months post-op you suddenly began to experience this discomfort I would suggest that you see your plastic surgeon right away. The best manner to diagnose if there is a problem is with an in-person evaluation, preferably by the surgeon who performed the procedure. Best of luck.
Thank you for your question about
recovery from Neck Lift.
You could possibly be developing a neuroma of the Great Auricular nerve or this could simply be healing scar tissue and resolve spontaneously.
For specific questions like this and about your recovery, it
is generally best to speak with your doctor or doctor’s representative – such as
his or her nurse, or the physician on call for the practice.
You will likely get many different
opinions from members of the RealSelf Community, but they have not physically
seen or examined you, and nobody knows you or the circumstances better than
If you feel you are not being
listened to or you are doubting your doctor’s recommendations, then it is
certainly within your rights to seek a second and get the advice from another
board certified physician. This should
be done through an in-person consultation.
Obviously, if you think that you
are having a medical emergency or other serious problem, you should call 911
and/or go to your nearest emergency room.
Thank you for your question. It sounds as if a suture was pulled. Please consult with your board certified facial plastic surgeon for immediate conversation and evaluation about your discomfort.
You should be evaluated if you are experiencing sudden severe pain 5 months post neck/face lift. I suggest returning to your physician for an in person consultation. Best, Dr. Emer
When a neck lift is done, the platysma is tightened and suspended with sutures. They are typically placed on the mid portion of the front of the neck and laterally below the ear lobes. They are usually permanent sutures. You may have pulled sutures causing bruising. This type of incidence is unusual 5 months after surgery, but it is certainly possible. The pain and discomfort should go away in 1-2 weeks. Contact surgeon for more advice.
Alex Kim, MD
I think your best bet is to follow-up with your surgeon for an in-person exam. What you're describing could be a number of things, including a muscle spasm, scar tissue, or a neuroma (a balled-up collection of nerves that can cause pain). A variety of treatments may be appropriate, based on the issue at hand. Good luck!