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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Facelift & Lyphedema
A facelift will not typically results in lyphedema so I think you're safe. Whenever we talk about healing, we speak averages but the reality is that each patient heals at her own rate. And for some, it can take a year or longer. If you haven't already, definitely schedule an appointment with your surgeon to get the situation assessed in person. At the very least, it will help to alleviate your anxiety.
I am concerned after having facelift I have lymphedema
Hello. Thank you for your question. It is difficult to make any assessment of your concerns without pictures. However, it can typically take at least 9 - 12 months for healing process to complete following an uncomplicated facelift, and some soft tissue swelling can persist throughout this time frame, which can vary significantly from one patient to another. Deep plane facelift is associated with prolonged swelling and longer recovery, compared to more conservative facelift procedures. The complication of postoperative hematoma from superficial temporal artery bleed, and subsequent surgical management, can also increase the swelling and prolong the recovery process. I would encourage you to communicate your concerns to your primary surgeon, follow their recommendations for postoperative care, and be patient with the healing process. I would anticipate continued improvement over time. I wish you the best in your recovery.
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.
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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.
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Trevor M Born MD
Lymphedema after facelift
Usually by six months after a facelift most of the swelling has resolved. However,if you had to have reoperative surgery shortly after your initial procedure, the swelling and firmness may be more prolonged. The fact that the swelling is improved is a good sign. I recommmend frequent massage to assist in the process. It may take as long as a year for the tissues to settle and soften. It is unlikely that you are headed for a worse outcome.
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