Jawline Swelling after Facelift

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Hi, everyone. I'm new here and am hoping you can answer a question re swelling on the jawline after a facelift.
I had my facelift in mid-August and I am really happy with how I am looking, except I am noticing that the sides of my jawline aren't totally symmetrical and that one side seems to have more ''skin'' around it. Could this be residual swelling? When I asked my PS about it he didn't seem at all concerned and said that things take months before they settle down. I've been lurking here awhile and read a post where someone said they had some jawline swelling at 11 weeks, and I think I also read somewhere that the swelling moves down from the face and stays around the jaw/neck area for awhile.
I'm hoping my jaw will even out --- it feels more puffy on the one side than the other and also the neck area there as well. It still feels a little numb along the jawline as well. But it's looked the same for quite a few weeks now and doesn't seem to be changing, at least not yet.
Have any of you ladies experienced an uneven jawline at about three months post-op or even longer than that?
Ruby


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Hi Ruby and welcome to the board, swelling can take a while to go, I am still numb and a bit swollen on my jawline under my ear and I am 51/2 months.Chez x
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June 12 2006


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Thanks for you reply and for the welcome, Chez.
Do you notice any swelling off to the side of your chin, and is the swelling you still have near your ear more pronounced on one side than the other?


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Hi Ruby, swelling is usually pretty uneven and can hang around the jawline for some time. Have you got any photos so that we can see what you mean?
ShirleySMAS face and necklift
8th March 2006
Age 53


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Unfortunately my husband is out of town and has the digital camera with him so I can't post any photos. I haven't had any photos taken of me since the surgery --- we're not ones to take a lot of photos, but I guess it's getting to be time we did! I have old photos of me and when I look at them I do see a huge improvement. But I'm a real perfectionist and I thought my jawline would be looking perfect by now!
I've been reading the posts about the deep plane facelift versus the SMAS facelift. I have no idea which one I had. I had sutures all along the side of my hairline, in front and behind my ears, and along the hairline at the back of my neck. It seems to me I remember my surgeon saying he goes quite deep under the /mmh/product/beauty/index.vm?procid=13" target=_blank>skin, but I may be wrong. Is there any way of knowing which version I had, short of asking the PS?


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I don't think so you would need to ask the ps. If it was the deep plane then you have swelling for longer. As far as i know they go right down to the bone and you get more improvment across the cheek area and the nasolabial folds. The SMAS addresses mainly the lower face, jowls and neck.
ShirleySMAS face and necklift
8th March 2006
Age 53


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Hi, everyone. I'm new here and am hoping you can answer a question re swelling on the jawline after a facelift.
I had my facelift in mid-August and I am really happy with how I am looking, except I am noticing that the sides of my jawline aren't totally symmetrical and that one side seems to have more ''skin'' around it. Could this be residual swelling? When I asked my PS about it he didn't seem at all concerned and said that things take months before they settle down. I've been lurking here awhile and read a post where someone said they had some jawline swelling at 11 weeks, and I think I also read somewhere that the swelling moves down from the face and stays around the jaw/neck area for awhile.
I'm hoping my jaw will even out --- it feels more puffy on the one side than the other and also the neck area there as well. It still feels a little numb along the jawline as well. But it's looked the same for quite a few weeks now and doesn't seem to be changing, at least not yet.
Have any of you ladies experienced an uneven jawline at about three months post-op or even longer than that?
Ruby
Hi RubyL, I'm 6 months post op and still have swelling and soreness under the chin and jawline. PS says the muscles are swollen takes time to heal. I feel it more at night and morning. Slight numbness around ears, right side more than left but I can feel it when touched, big change from earlier times when it was so numb it felt like a board. Very uneven swelling. Take a look at my pics password is wiggy2Sharon
age 55
5/24/06 FL, NL and lower eyes excess skin removed
1999 lipo of outer/inner thighs and stomach
1993 upper/ lower Bleph


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i still have some swelling under the jawline and my op was 2 august.


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Thanks, ladies, for your replies.
It's good to know that jawline swelling is commonplace, even after three months, which is roughly where I'm at.
I'm really thrilled with the way my facelift is looking, but the only thing at this point that is really worrying me is that if I look very closely at the line of my chin, one side isn't exactly the same as the other because one side seems a little fuller, /mmh/product/beauty/index.vm?procid=13" target=_blank>skin-wise. If you ladies who still have the uneven swelling really look at yourselves ''head-on'', do you notice a variance in symmetry in the jaw area which goes upwards from the chin?


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Hi RubyL,
While asymmetry in swelling (and healing in general) is totally common, we'd probably have to see pictures of your jawline to see if the "extra fleshy" side actually looks puffy like swelling or has a /mmh/product/beauty/index.vm?procid=13" target=_blank>skin fold like it wasn't pulled tight enough. It sounds like it's puffy swelling ...
I had a perfect chin/jaw area after neck lipo/lift and MFL, but way back by my right ear I had a cluster of lumps the size of walnuts. It was right by the salivary gland, so it wasn't like excess skin at all.
Hopefully your jawline will resolve. But in the meantime, you should feel free to call your surgeon and schedule a 90-day follow-up AND ask what kind of face lift you had. Both deep plane and sub-periostal SMAS lifts go pretty deep (to the bone in one case, and to the film-like periostal l/mmh/product/beauty/ayer/index.vm?procid=13&catid=642" target=_blank>ayer in the other). The invasive nature of these procedures often results in more swelling, too.Endo Brow Lift
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Hi RubyL,
While asymmetry in swelling (and healing in general) is totally common, we'd probably have to see pictures of your jawline to see if the "extra fleshy" side actually looks puffy like swelling or has a /mmh/product/beauty/index.vm?procid=13" target=_blank>skin fold like it wasn't pulled tight enough. It sounds like it's puffy swelling ...
Yes that is the thing to look for, i am at 10months and have asymmetry under my chin. In my case you can see a skin fold and it needs a revision to correct it.
ShirleySMAS face and necklift
8th March 2006
Age 53
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