I am concerned after having facelift I have lymphedema. I had facelift by surgeon uses deep technique called a paramedian lift
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I am concerned after having facelift I have lymphedema. I had facelift by surgeon uses deep technique called a paramedian li
I do not think you have what is classically referred to as lymphedema. You do have obvious swelling. Lymphatic massage by a qualified physical therapist or message therapist may well be a bit of benefit to you. Certainly you should speak to your operative plastic surgeon. Some face lift techniques may result in more prolonged swelling than others.
Since you had the complication from the hematoma evacuation, you will likely experience more swelling than usual. This should resolve completely. Lymphedema of the head and neck is usually related to surgery for cancer with concomitant radiation therapy. A facelift procedure should not lead to this complication.
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Thank you for your questions! I am sorry you are experiencing difficulty with your recovery. It is hard to assess and advise without photos or an examination. The healing can take up to a year and a half. Please see your surgeon for the answers or seek another opinion.
With Warm Regards
Trevor M Born MD
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