Within two weeks of my facelift the swelling started reducing and the original characteristics returned. By three months post-op the pre-post photos are the same. I had an excellent surgeon who says this seldom happens. Could it have been the absorbent sutures he used? I feel like as the sutures were absorbed the swelling which held the lift in place resolved and the original neck/jaw/jowls returned to their original position. Should the sutures have been non-absorbent?
I am 57 years old, 112 lbs, 5'3", nothing unusual. Now, at three months my surgeon agreed there is no difference from pre-surgery in my neck and jaw but says he doesn't know why I had a poor outcome. I don't know how unusual this is. I still have numbness and feel depressed,but I will redo the surgery with a less conservative approach.
Mine was a full facelift-SMAS with a reputable surgeon. I don't think he made any errors, just the outcome was disappointing.
Updated on 9 Jan 2011:
Did Dr Kamran Khoobehi say I should pay the surgeon to redo my face as well as the anesthesia and hospital fees? I understand repaying the surgical fees, but pay the doctor again to redo his work? My skin is elastic. I'm a non-smoker. Should he try a different approach or use non-absorbable sutures?