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January 22, 2010 6:02 AM
While these are the rare complications that everyone fears with facelifts, at this point in time you need to have patience. Surgery is performed near the facial nerve during a facelift.
While these are the rare complications that everyone fears with facelifts, at this point in time you need to have patience. Surgery is performed near the facial nerve during a facelift. It is very rarely cut but may have been bruised, dinged, or stretched leading to a temporary neuropraxia. This can take up to a year to recover but usually improvement will be evident after weeks to months.
Numbness should in theory occur after every facelift in the undermined areas as the skin is detached from underlying nerves but does not. The main sensory nerves to the face, V1, V2, and V3 are near impossible to injury during a facelift and the sensation should return as the nerve endings reconnect and neurotize. You will note tingling and burning as these nerves wake up.
Deep suspension sutures in the SMAS and platysma can lead to some rippling if the skin and underyling fat are thin or if the skin is not redraped exactly right but as things soften and stretch, this problem too should resolve. Massage is helpful with this.
I know this is troubling and stressful for you but with a little time things should normalize. Stay in contact with your surgeon as he knows the anatomy of your facelift from doing it.