Swelling and diet after facelift
Though it does not happen to all patients, some people are very sensitive to small changes in blood pressure or fluid retention. This can make facial swelling an issue for up to a year after facelift, eyelid lift, or rhinoplasty. Try to avoid salty foods. If possible, see your doctor and discuss a low dose of a diuretic, if this is safe for your overall health. Best of luck!
Thank you for your question. At six months post-op, this is normal. Please wait longer and address any immediate concerns with your operating surgeon.
All the best,
Swelling after face and cheek lift
Some patients will retain fluid for a longer period of time than others. The swelling will disappear gradually and can take 6-12 months to completely resolve.
I suggest contacting your board certified facial plastic surgeon and discussing your concerns. The symptoms you describe are not atypical of facelift post-operation and your surgeon may recommend some prescription to help the swelling and numbing.
Always keep a careful watch on your diet, avoid alcohol consumption, refrain from vigorous exercise and make sure you get enough rest each night. Remain patient, Belladogg, your surgeon will be able to diagnose your concerns soon.
Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS
Swelling after a facelift
It's very common to have swelling after a facelift and it can last several months. However, return to your plastic surgeon to see if you have a fluid collection.
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Thank you for sharing your question about post operative swelling after your facelift. While some swelling can continue for 12 months, it is unusual to have severe swelling after six months. I strongly advise you speak with your plastic surgeon in person about this and let them be your guide. Very best. -Brian S. Coan, MD, FACS
Swelling this far out from a facelift is rare. I would definitely put a call into your surgeon and discuss. In generality, all people will swell a bit after increased salt intake, etc. Such swelling may be exacerbated by surgery since surgery disturbs the natural drainage pathways for lymphatic and venous drainage.
However, despite such disturbances, lymphatic and venous drainage pathways redevelop within the 6 month time frame.
To have swelling this long post op can occur but is not usual.Heat and massage for awhile may help.It never hurts to go to your doctor.
Swelling 6 months post-op
It is unusual to have swelling at 6 months. However if you had significant eyelid skin laxity or early festoons before hand, the lids may stay swollen for several months. Before and after pictures would be helpful.
Swelling 6 Months After Facelift
It is rare to have the swelling you described at 6 months post op. Avoid the foods and drinks that aggravate the situation. Follow up with your surgeon so that he can monitor your healing.