Swelling After Mid-Face Lift (15 Months Ago)? (photo)

Hi, I got a mid-face lift 15 months ago and since then I have a weird swelling between the ends of my lips (right and left) up to the nose. It looks a bit like a part of a baloon. I am pretty sure this only happened after the mid-face lift as I was not aware of this before. Any ideas what I can do against it. Any chances it will still go away? Thank you!

Doctor Answers 6

Lip Swelling 15 Months after Midface Lift

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     Have the lips been lifted since your preoperative status?  Hard to tell from the one picture.  Some surgeons dissect a different amount, lift at different angles.  The best thing to do would be to ask your surgeon.

Postoperative Facelift Swelling

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I agree this is an odd little swollen area after a facelift. It would be interesting to know if it moves when you smile, is it symmetric and was there any hint of it on your preop photos? Your lips look so nice I wonder if you had any fat grafting around your mouth with your facelift? Usually when something weird shows up after a facelift studying the preop photos will probable give you a hint as to its origin.

Paul S. Howard, MD, FACS
Hoover Plastic Surgeon

Swelling After Mid-Face Lift

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Unfortunately, this will likely not go away because it has been so long after your surgery. It would be a good idea to talk to your plastic surgeon or get a second opinion with an expert facelift surgeon who has an extensive knowledge in the performance of facial plastic surgeries.

Babak Azizzadeh, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Mid Face Lift

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There are many ways to perform a mid face lift. Your symptoms/findings are unusual for most of the methods. I would suggest you discuss this with your surgeon. There may have been other techniques associated with this procedure that could account for your concerns.

If it is not bothersome i would not worry about it. 

Richard W. Maloney, MD
Naples Facial Plastic Surgeon

Swelling After Mid-Face Lift (15 Months Ago)?

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After 15 months it most likely is not a swelling issue. But seeing before photos could help. Get copies of your befores to take for second opinions. 

Swelling after mid-face lift

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There are many different ways to perform and approach a "mid-face lift" just like there are many ways to perform face lifts in general. Additionally, there are often times when additional procedures are performed to enhance the overall result of a face lift. It would be near impossible to render a meaningful opinion on your post operative result without knowing exactly what was done and being able to analyze your facial features prior to your procedure. I suppose that the short answer could have been that you certainly could be swollen even 15 months after your surgery but these are all things to consider. 

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