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Plastic Surgeons Answer Your Face Lift Questions

Plastic Surgeons Answer Your Face Lift Questions

Postby Make_Me_Heal_Team » Thu Oct 25, 2007 12:00 pm

Hello everyone,

You can now ask your Facelift questions to various plastic surgeons and experts and get answers right here on Make Me Heal's Ask-An-Expert area.

You can post your questions and get answers here:

www.makemeheal.com/answers
All the best,

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Surgical wounds continually healing, then splitting open

Postby FaithA » Sat Oct 27, 2007 1:40 pm

Hello,
This generous offer to answer questions could not have come at a better time. I had just posted a query and would like to post it here as well to read your opinion, as I am now very worried about my 9 week post-surgiecal facelift complications.
Immediately after surgery, I developed a hematoma on the left side of my neck behind the ear, which was drained. All seemed to be going well initially, except the draining of serous fluid and blood continued on and off for approximately 5 weeks in the two upper incisions above the ear and the two lower, vertical incisions below and behind the ear, with an intial wound separation directly behind the right ear (which has healded.) At about4 - 5 weeks, these four suture areas opened up very wide, leaving huge, gaping long and painful holes in my head. The surgeon insisted it was the vicryl sutures and "...had seen this reaction before." Over the next couple of weeks I healed fairly well, with new tissue granulating in to fill in those deep wounds. So as of week seven, I was, according to the surgeon's chart, "almost healed in all areas." The following week, however, the wounds slowly began draining and over a period of days split open again--this time wider and deeper and extremely painful. I do have a really high pain tolerance but this chronic pain--the stinging, burning, throbbing and deep ache--is starting to wear me down. When I went in to see my surgeon last Thursday, he was NOT happy, and his first reaction was to suggest that I must have done something wrong. He said, "I've never, ever seen anything like this and I've never even heard about anything like this!" He then decided this second "opening" wasn't the fault of the vicryl sutures, even 'though he he had pulled a couple of those "disolvable" sutures out of the back of my head as they were working their way up on week 6. He again muttered to himself, "What did you do?" I have never smoked, am not diabetic, am in excellent health, have not exercised for 9 weeks or engaged in any type of strenuous activity! In fact, I could feel these areas opening up again during the night and early morning when I was in bed. I have to say, the only thing worse than being in a lot of pain and not feeling any support whatsoever from my surgeon is being made to feel as if I am responsible for what I am going through and since I'm "the only one" this has ever happend to, I felt like a freak of sorts.
I managed to tell him that I did a literature search (a really good search of valid and credible journals) and found many cases and articles on people who had internal vicryl sutures that did NOT dissolve, and had to have one or more surgeries later to remove all of them. They kept healing up, then splitting open, then healing, then splitting. One case described how all the "dissolvable" vicryl sutures had crystallized, and one had become so infected the woman almost died. But this surgeon (I didn't mention the cases) would have none of it. He snapped that it was definitely not the sutures and they were all dissolved by now and he didn't have a clue what was causing these ever-growing wounds to keep opening (and I think he just wanted me out of there.) So now I'm on antibiotics again and I am scheduled to go to his office next week. If things don't go the way he wants, he's suggested that he will then sew all of the wounds closed.
Now, after a lengthy background to this query, here is the actual question (s): Do you, as physicians, believe this is a good idea? I am worried that there must be something underneath those wounds to cause them to continue to split open, and I would appreciate your opinion. Have you heard or read of this type of healing/splitting process taking place in a surgery patient? What would you recommend? It is very frightening to feel the slow but sure "tighening" of the scalp area, followed by slow but consistent draining, then followed by the slow and very painful re-opening of those suture areas.
I have read extensively on wound healing throughout the years because of my work, but in order to take action, I believe it is a good idea to know WHY the wounds will not heal.
Thank you for the gift of your time in reading and answering my query.
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Postby Make_Me_Heal_Team » Tue Nov 25, 2008 1:16 pm

Hi FaithA,

This would be a fantastic opportunity to post your question. You can do so by following the link below.

You can post your questions and get answers here:

www.makemeheal.com/answers
All the best,

The MakeMeHeal Crew
Tel: (866) 363-4325 (international callers: 818-883-3300)
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Re: Plastic Surgeons Answer Your Face Lift Questions

Postby widget57 » Thu Apr 07, 2011 4:12 am

Hi Doc.
I had a mini facelift in Dec and it seems that around my mouth that my face has dropped..my Doc says that I am sleeping on my side or is it that he did not pull my face tight enough. I am 57 so could it be that I have no collagen or estrogen ? The other question I have is that I have lines above my lips and I do not smoke..what is the best way to rid the lines or make then not so noticable ? thanks hope to hear widget 57
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Re: Plastic Surgeons Answer Your Face Lift Questions

Postby valentina.1968 » Tue Aug 06, 2013 6:36 am

Hi! Thank you for that marvellous opportunity. I always wanted to ask if the facial plastic surgery has permanent results. And what are the possible side effects of that type of surgery?
Thank you!
Valentina
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