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Peachtree City, GA

Lump under chin after face lift
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I am three weeks post-op with one concern about my face and neck lift. Behind the scar under my chin their is a lump. It is .5 inches wide and 1.5 inches long. Running longer horizontally. It seems like there is fat, skin or swelling trapped between the scar and the top of my neck revision. (Platysma sewn together...the muscles were quite far apart, 1.5 inches.) It is both soft and firm to the touch. The rest of my residual swelling seems really normal and you can just tell it will be fine in the long run. Same with the scars. Healing, but fine. Other than the lump, I am thrilled. This lump definitely effects my profile. You can clearly see it and it looks odd. I continue to wear my compression strap and place ice on the area. It just doesn't seem to be improving. I have been working with it for about a week. Will it go away? Will it need a revision? When will I know? Is this something you have seen before? Do you consider it a normal reaction to the trauma of surgery? Is it permanent?

I go back to work next week. I asked my PS about it last week, he said he has never seen anything like this become permanent. (But no time line.) It just seems like it is their job at the office to tell you to hang in there regardless of what's happening. I am 47 and in good shape...everything else went well. Right kind of skin, right kind of problem to address with this surgery, etc.

Thank you for your help and second opinion through this website. This is an awkward time in the healing process and I need some reassurance that my profile won't always have this funky lump.

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Plastic surgeon
Coral Gables, FL
United States
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  Lymphatic drainage massage
August 7, 2013 1:26 AM

E lump could be residual swelling after surgery in our office we will recommend lymphatic drainage massage.
For more information : http://www.drjsalomon.com/massage_menu.asp (more)
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Plastic surgeon
sacramento, CA
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  lump after facelift
April 11, 2010 1:52 PM

The lump you are describing may just be normal thickening of the scar that will resolve over time and could be hastened by serial cortisone injections. It could also be localized organized (more)
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Miami, FL
United States
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April 8, 2010 3:55 PM

Hard to give advise without a photo. But I bet it is residual blood or fat that can be surgically removed. Discuss with your operative surgeon. From MIAMI Dr. B (more)
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Southlake, TX
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  "just hang in there", is the right answer.
March 12, 2009 12:10 PM

You are in a gray zone for healing. You are starting to feel great, and look great, but progress has slowed, and it can be discouraging. What it sounds like you are describing is most (more)
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Greensburg, PA
United States
April 8, 2010 5:58 AM

I have what sounds like exactly the same lump, including the size, that you have and I am 4 weeks post neck lift surgery. I had a steroid injection 3 days ago but am not seeing improvement yet. My surgeon told me that it may take weeks to see improvement. Like you, I need reassurance. This has been very depressing for me but seeing your message has helped me to know that I am not alone and that this occurance, while rare, does happen to others. I am trying to go with the 'hang in there' mindset but it is difficult. Good luck to you and please let us know when the lump goes away.

Studio City, CA
United States
  Use warm compression
June 15, 2009 10:54 AM

I had a neck lift 2 weeks ago and have the same lump under the chin. I was advised to use warm compression. You can buy these soft bands at the drug store that go into the microwave for 30 seconds and then you can wrap around your neck and under your chin. It is MOIST HEAT that works, not heating pads.
I am told it may take months for it to fully disappear, but it has been diminishing a little bit at a time.

Laguna Beach, CA
United States
  Lump under chin
April 23, 2009 3:34 PM

I am six weeks post lower face and neck life. I had a large egg shaped lump under my right jawline and some lumpiness on the scar under my neck. Each week it is resolving and is now almost completely gone. I used warm compresses and lightly massaged with vitamin E oil, also had some ultra sound treatments to the area which seemed to help the most. Like you I am thrilled with the outcome, at 66 it is a huge improvement.

Vancouver.BC, BC
March 23, 2009 9:19 AM

I'm wondering about how this turned out! I have the same chin lump, and I'm going through the concerns that you had! I feel like a bullfrog! Could you let me know how you're doing now?

tacoma, WA
United States
  Me too
March 11, 2009 12:38 PM

This to has happened to me...just wondering if it resolved? I am 1 month post op

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