Q. Accidentally strained 11 days post facelift, advice? Had lower FL and platysmaplasty 11 days ago. Following post op directions to the letter. No bruising, only swelling and numbness. Today, my 85 lb dog lunged (at person who walked in my house unannounced) while I was holding her collar. I let go after a few tugs. Worried about potential consequences. What damage is possible?
A. Sorry for your troubles! During the first 2 to 3 weeks following any surgery including a face and neck lift, the beginning of scar (collagen) formation, dissolving sutures and sealing of blood vessels are just beginning to occur. Any strain or incidence of high blood pressure could cause sutures to break, incisions to open or bleeding to happen with additional time to heal needed.
Please arrange a follow-up examination with your surgeon to check on these concerns. I wish you the very best!
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