I had a lower facelift and platysmaplasy 9 weeks ago and still have swelling,numbness and lumps. Can I use ice and heat alternately? Can is use Bromelain and Arnica again to help? Is there something else I can do or take? Thank you for any advice that will help.
What Can Be Done to Reduce Swelling and Lumps After Lower Facelift and Platysmaplasty?
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Swelling and numbness associated with lower facelift surgery
Dear Lower Facelift Patient from New Jersey,
Healing process varies person to person. As swelling subsides after any facelift surgery, sensory nerves begin to function, therefore numbness will subside. Nine weeks post op majority of swelling associated with facelift surgery should subsided, and the remaining will resolve over next few months. Massage and external ultrasonic treatments are good options. Good luck and good healing.
Treatment of lumps and swelling in face
At nine weeks having some swelling and some lumpiness is not that unusual. This usually gets better with time, but massage may help.
What can be done to reduce swelling and lumps after lower facelift and platysmaplasty?
The usual signs of the nerves regenerating and neuropraxia resolving is itching, followed by a burning sensation and then occasional sharp, shock-like pains. These will be normal to experience, and actually a promising sign. Usually, normal sensation returns, but is is also possible to have decreased sensation or even increased sensation to the areas affected. Re-educating nerves postoperatively is often helpful and will allow proper instruction for the affected sensory nerves - methods include using different textures to the affected areas when showering, bathing, applying lotion, etc. If bothersome, there are some medications that may be helpful, including Neurontin for pain for hypersensitivity. You can try various textures such as washcloths, loofahs, cotton sheets, etc. Massaging the areas is also beneficial for the incision to make the finest scar possible. The last place to regain the sensation will be directly adjacent to the incision/scar as the nerves will make its way from the periphery to this location. If continual pain arises, evaluation is warranted. After ruling out other causes, one rare explanation may be that a neuroma has developed and may require surgical excision. This is very unlikely unless a large sensory nerve has been transected inadvertently during the procedure. Hope that this helps! Best wishes!
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Arnica creams are good and cool packs are beneficial so it sounds like you are doing all the right things!
Make sure you use high protection suncreams when out in the sun to avoid the scars burning.
Wishing you a speedy recovery
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Swelling And Lumps After Lower Facelift and Platysmaplasty-Try Massage
Thank you for your question. Be sure to see your surgeon for advice. In my experience minor swelling and lumps after Lower Facelift and Platysmaplasty can respond to warm soaks and massage. Ultrasound can also help.
It is important to be examined by your surgeon to make certain that there is not a collection of blood or hematoma.
Minor swelling and lumps should resolve with time.
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