Plastic Surgery: Numbness or Tightness after a Face Lift?

Maryland face lift patients may experience of variety of skin sensations immediately following their cosmetic surgery. A face lift procedure involves improving the appearance of the lower face, jaw line, and neck via small incisions around the ears, in order to elevate sagging skin & underlying facial tissue. While many other non-surgical cosmetic options are available to improve the lower facial area, face lift surgery can have dramatic results to greatly restore the appearance of youth.

Regardless of specific facelift surgery technique (s lift, deep plane, smas, thread, short scar, etc), numbness of the skin, cheek, neck, and ear may be seen after face lift surgery. A skin incision must be performed which naturally cuts the very small nerves of the skin. Other larger nerves around the ear may be stretched or bruised too. Numbness is most commonly seen near the ear lobe. Most numbness resolves within a couple weeks, but may take a few months for resolution.

Another sensation felt following cosmetic surgery is tightness or stiffness of the cheeks, jaw line, and neck. This tight sensation is expected, and gradually improves with time. Patients wear a gentle elastic wrap around the head & neck, which will also contributes to a “snug” feeling.

Speak to your Maryland facial plastic surgeon, and ask about numbness & tightness after your facial plastic surgery.

2 Responses to Plastic Surgery: Numbness or Tightness after a Face Lift?

    • Houtan Chaboki, M.D. says:

      We utilize facelift techniques to help minimize risk of numbness after surgery. Patients should be evaluated by a physician to help determine appropriate options.

      Dr. Chaboki

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