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Help!! 4 weeks and still a lot swelling!!!

Help!! 4 weeks and still a lot swelling!!!

Postby Karink » Tue Dec 28, 2010 6:41 am

Hi all,

I am at 4 weeks post op FL and NL and brow lift. My face and neck are still quite swollen. It seems to be taking so long. Although I am pleased with what I see, I am getting very distressed. I still look some days like a chipmunk. After 1 month I though this would be down. Can anyone encourage me and let me know what their experiences were? I am beginning to get very upset with all of this and must return to work Monday. HELP!!!!!
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Re: Help!! 4 weeks and still a lot swelling!!!

Postby mopsters » Tue Dec 28, 2010 6:57 am

Hi Karink,
I understand what you're going through. I am 2 wks out and I think it's going to take a very long time for my neck swelling to go down...it's as hard as rock and also the sides of my face up to my ears. As they say, we all heal differently. Don't compare your healing to others. I know with my tummy tuck, I swelled for an entire year after a long day. Just be patient. Also, I bet the people at work won't even notice the swelling. It's a lot more obvious to you. People don't look that hard, they're more consumed with themselves. That's a good thing! You're going to be just fine. Good luck back at work...I'm sure you will be a bit tired that first week. Hang in there. I bet by Valentine's Day things will be better. That's what I'm thinking for myself. And, the time does go fast!
I hope I helped...it's all good...think positive!
Debbie :)
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Re: Help!! 4 weeks and still a lot swelling!!!

Postby pumpkin75 » Tue Dec 28, 2010 7:18 am

Hello Karink, Yes, it can be pretty unnerving at the 4 weeks mark. I am 3 months out and still have slight swelling and numbness. (but I look SO MUCH better!)

This is how it has been for me up to this point:
I felt the mask feeling up to 6 weeks and it was pretty scary but it slowly went away after that. I didn't leave my house for 6 weeks because my energy level was low and felt very conscience of how I looked. At eight weeks I did go out and no one noticed anything. I didn't color my hair for 8 weeks because of the healing so I used a foam in color that worked.

I got depressed on and off but so glad I found this forum for reassurance. After all, this is your face and we look at it every day. And I kept saying to myself, the worst is behind me..still saying that! I saw my picture yesterday at the PS and wow, what a difference!

From what I have read and what my PS told me, the swelling will take up to 6 months to entirely go away and the numbness could take a year. I had no idea of the time frame when I got my surgery but I am glad I didn't because it is very emotional!

I know others that have healed faster then me. As far as getting out so you really have to go with what you feel. Believe me, most people won't notice your swelling. We do because we can feel it and well, its our face! Like Mopsters said, Stay positive! Self talk is good.
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Re: Help!! 4 weeks and still a lot swelling!!!

Postby harri342 » Tue Dec 28, 2010 9:32 am

Sorry to hear about your distress from the swelling. I have not had my face lift yet but I have had an extended TT and lipo. I swelled by evening for about a year. I really have to watch my salt intake or I still do 5 years later. Drink lots of water with lemon and stay away from salty foods it may help. It took me 4 weeks to start feeling better and at 6 weeks a lot better. My guess at 6 to 8 weeks you will feel better.

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Re: Help!! 4 weeks and still a lot swelling!!!

Postby dangerouscurves » Tue Dec 28, 2010 7:35 pm

the ladies above me have shared and given you good advice. I hope this all helps.

You are still soon out and a good turning point is 6 weeks but you should be able to return to work on schedule. Be patient, you are beautiful.

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Re: Help!! 4 weeks and still a lot swelling!!!

Postby Karink » Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:15 am

Thanks everyone for all the encouraging words. I will just have to hang in there. Unfortunately salt is in everything!! Back to work Monday YUCK!!!
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Re: Help!! 4 weeks and still a lot swelling!!!

Postby trinarn » Wed Dec 29, 2010 1:38 pm

Karink:

As the others have said, it gets better every day. I returned to work at 13 days, and boy was I swollen, at 4 weeks, still swollen, but much better. Now at 6 weeks, I don't notice swelling much at all anymore. My biggest complaint now is numbness and how my skin turns rosey sometimes for no reason (due to the full face laser) I also had. My neck never swelled much, it was mostly cheeks, lips, etc. I felt like I looked very bizarre, and dear friends (as well as my husband) said I didn't even look like me. That wasn't what I was was going for. Now they tell me I look like me, only more refreshed, and with no sloping chin. That's what I wanted, so I'm just trying to be patient for the numbness and skin coloration to normalize. I think we might be talking a year for that, so patience has to be my friend. The best wishes are going with you from me when you return to work on 1-3. I think you'll be surprised how little the ripple is among your coworkers.

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Re: Help!! 4 weeks and still a lot swelling!!!

Postby georgi-girl » Sun Jan 09, 2011 5:11 pm

I wish I read this earlier, because I could have encouraged you. I'm glad you are seeing that time is the greatest healer of all. I had a mini-facelift and browlift. The swelling freaked me out. I knew I had to return to work in 10 days and wondered how I would do so without looking like a freak. The PS had to talk me off of the ledge. lol .... The browlift caused all the swelling in me... Like you, I returned to work in 10-12 days; however, I was still VERY bruised and swollen. I purchased a pair of eyeglasses which perfectly pulled attention away from the bruising and swelling... I told people I had eye allergies and had to wear the glasses for that reason .. If anyone noticed, they didn't say anything to me ... It took 6 weeks for me to look myself again, but I still had faint bruising to cover with concealer. Also, at 6 weeks, I was still a bit swollen, but it was the lovely sort of swelling that slightly filled my face out and made me look younger! Alas, that went away, too. Love the final results, though, and it's nearly 2 years later.
It was worth the panic that first month.
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Re: Help!! 4 weeks and still a lot swelling!!!

Postby dangerouscurves » Sun Jan 09, 2011 8:35 pm

G,
glad you are feeling better.
a facelift is no walk in the park. Areas on your face heal at different times and you look distored and discolored. In the end it all starts to pull together.

stay well and keep healing,


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