Swelling/numbness has accumulated mostly alongside stitches & jawline & although the swelling is even on both sides the swelling feels dense, thick and kind of hard-ish. Is this normal? Also, I have these slight dents under my cheek bones that I believe is caused by a combination of wearing compression @ night & where majority of swelling begins. Is this normal? I have good things to report about my recovery: bruising is gone. symmetry is good. No pain. & an indication of results to expect.thx
I Had a SMAS Facelift 2 Weeks and 3 Days Ago. Swelling/Numbness Normal?
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Swelling after facelift
SMAS Facelift Swelling and Numbness
SMAS facelift 2 weeks and 3 days ago. Swelling Normal?
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Normal facelift recovery
It's seems that your recovery is normal. There is always some swelling and bruising. Some experience more than others. There is always some temporary numbness especially around the ears and under the chin if a platysmaplasty was performed. I find that it takes about 3 months before it really isn't noticeable. Firmness of the skin around the ears takes about 3-6 months to soften but it's typically not noticeable after 2-4 wks post operation. Compression is usually only needed for less than a week.
Swelling and Numbness 2 Weeks after SMAS facelift
It sounds as though the results are quite good from your description, and numbness and swelling early can be quite normal. Pictures would be helpful, but dents and depressions tend to even out with the swollen areas, particularly if you are wearing compression that covers part of the area and not the other part. Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA
Swelling and Numbness Normal after SMAS Facelift
The symptoms of swelling and numbness are not only normal but expected after the first few weeks following a facelift of any sort including a SMAS lift.
Patients should expect swelling, discoloration, and bruising of the skin for several weeks following a SMAS face lift. Individuals vary a great deal in their response, but commonly the patient will be presentable within 3 weeks.
Swelling After SMAS Facelift
What you are experiencing is very normal after only 2.5 weeks of healing time post surgery. You are right in that the "dents" are most likely a combination of swelling and wearing the compression dressing. The numbness is due to a disruption of the cutaneous innervation and should resolve with time. I would suggest making sure that you attend regular follow ups with your physician to ensure that you are healing properly. It's a great sign that the bruising is gone and things are symmetrical.
Swelling and Numbness are quite normal after a facelift
There are many different techniques and procedures that are all lumped under the term "facelift". A SMAS facelift typically describes a medium to short scar facelift that relies on manipulation of the facial muscles and their coverings. Whenever the skin is separated from this underlying layer there is going to be transient numbness. The swelling is the body's response to this manipulation and actually is part of the healing process. By three weeks about 80% of the swelling has subsided. Using ice postoperatively along with certain medications like Arnika and Bromelain can limit the swelling and bruising and help with a quicker recovery. Typically the bigger the surgery (i.e. full face and neck lift with fat grafting), the longer the recovery and the more swelling. Hope this helps.
The more swelling and numbness the better the result, be patient and talk to your doctor