One month ago I had Facelift with Fat Transfer. Will this banding eventually go away or will I need a revision?
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I had a facelift one month ago will this banding go away?
- Based on your photographs I believe this banding may be due to a drain that was left at the end of surgery. It is not uncommon to see a thickened area in the neck where some blood has accumulated. This should go away completely with time. If you're out in the sun make sure you use of very good sunscreen. Check with your plastic surgeon regarding his recommendations on moisturizers and massage. It appears she will have a very good result. Best wishes!
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It seems that you had a mild cellulitis that responded well to the treatment.
Some swelling is to be expected under the jaw after a facelift/neck lift. Especially if you had a "heavy neck" and did submental liposuction. Fat injections are also associated with increased swelling over the injected areas.
Because the tightness over the upper portion of your neck from the lift, the area functions like a catch basin for all the swelling draining from your face. If you develop an inflammatory process such as cellulitis, the swelling may be more pronounced and stick around for longer.
The band on your neck is most likely related to fluid retention too.
I imagine the swelling under your chin and jaw to subside significantly with time, and sometimes you may benefit from local steroid injections to help out with the process. I also expect the "band" in your neck to resolve.
I would recommend you discuss all your concerns with your surgeon, but I am optimist that this will all improve and you will be pleased with the results
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As far as I can see, there are several issues here.
1. Cellulitis. The antibiotics you were prescribed have thankfully cleared this as it is obvious from your history and these photos that you were developing an infection.
2. Whilst a platysmaplasty (midline neck lift) was performed (I am guessing from your incision), it looks like the lateral platysmaplasty from the facelift incision was inadequate. I would be disappointed with this degree of relaxation of the neck at 30 days.
3. Your under chin (submental) incision is long and inverted - this should soften and contract as time progresses and will look like a small crease. At this stage however I would expect it to be more everted so that it contracts to leave a seamless result. It may be that this is due to the surrounding cellulitic swelling though. A photo without the infection would help.
Your PS is right, all of these should resolve nicely given a little more time.
Best of luck!
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Assuming the infection (heat, warmth, redness) is completely gone, there is still swelling from the infection.
It will take time to subside - longer than usual - but it will subside. Best wishes.
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