Question: I have a hard lump along my jawline since my facelift surgery. I’ve heard that steroids can be injected here or that ultrasound can be used. Which would be a better treatment?
Answer: There could be several explanations for a palpable mass after facelift surgery, including scar tissue, inflammation around a stitch, a prominent gland, or simply contour irregularities. The intervention for this will depend on what is the cause and the timing. Many times these nodules will resolve on their own with patience and reassurance. The surgeon may decide to inject some steroid into the area to reduce inflammation and scar tissue formation. Ultrasound has some specific instances in which it can be used to break up scar tissue, but it less common than steroid injection. Any concerns following a facelift should be brought to the surgeon’s attention so that he/she can evaluate the situation and determine the best course of therapy in accordance with the patient’s goals.