It depends on precisely which tissure plane the lift was done on and whether any specific attempt to preserve the main nerves for sensation to the crown was made. If just bruised nerves it is mostlikely to return. If you had a deeper plane dissection, it is more likely that these nerves were sacrificed and while sensation will not return, the are will get smaller and your brain will typically begin to progressively ignore it more and more over time. Usually it is not an issue long term. Ask your surgeon if he/she identified and preserved the nerves or cut them.
Top of my scalp is completely numb 5 1/2 weeks after hairline lowering forehead reduction. When will sensation return?
During surgery, the cutaneous nerves can be severed. It can take several weeks to several months for the sensation to return. Be patient and give yourself time to heal.
It is normal to have numbness following your procedure. When a scalp lowering procedure is performed, the nerves that supply sensation to the forehead and scalp are bruised. It can take several months for these nerves to wake up and for you to regain your normal sensation. Itching is also quite normal and indicates the scalp is healing and the nerves are regenerating. Everyone is different and the times for these nerves to work normally varies from patient to patient.
Numb 5 1/2 weeks after hairline lowering/forehead reduction. When will sensation return?
Yes, it is common to have the numbness you are describing 5 1/2 weeks after your procedure. The itching is indeed a sign that your nerves are recovering. The numbness can persist for 6 months but can take one to two years to return to complete normal sensation. However, the timeline is typically about 6 months. Be careful with hairdryers (curling irons) and other similar devices until the sensation returns so as to avoid burning or injuring the skin.
I hope this helps.
Numb scalp after procedures
usually resolve with time, even when the nerves may be cut completely. You can only hope for the best and it would be encouraging if you developed electric like sensations in your scalp as it usually is a sign of healing.
Scalp sensation after hairline lowering
Any full depth incision across the front of the hairline will always cause numbeness to the front and top of the scalp. All hairline lowering operations go through this condition. The feeling usually starts to return in 3 months and will be complete in 9-12 months.You are correct in that itching is a sign of the start of sensory nerve recovery . Soreness in the temples is common as sensation is partially preserved there . Be sure to have the area checked by your surgeon.
Numbness is a normal after a forehead reduction surgery. It can last weeks to months. It is a good idea to follow up with your surgeon for a recheck.
Numb scalp after forehead lift?
Thank you for your question. You are still very early in the healing process. Soreness is to be expected at 5 1/2 weeks post op. Additionally, it can take up to 18 months for the sensation to fully return to your scalp. Be patient. Itching or the feeling of "pins and needles" are indications of nerve regeneration and these are normal signs of healing. Please call your plastic surgeon's office if you would like some reassurance.
Top of scalp is completely numb 5 1/2 weeks after hairline lowering/forehead reduction. When will sensation return?
Hello! Thank you for your question! Numbness after any surgical
procedure is expected for several weeks to months following. As the
nerves to the area are traumatized and will then experience a temporary
neuropraxia, a transient loss of nerve conduction. This usually
resolves over the next 6-12 weeks, but depending on the procedure
performed, sometimes much longer. Typically this should resolve by 1
year. As it goes past this date, the likelihood of the sensation
returning is small. However, it can take up to 2 years. If no return
from there, it is unlikely to return. It should be discussed that
persistent sensory changes may develop following any surgical
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!