The proper definition of a hematoma is a collection of blood outside of the blood vessels. They are a fairly common occurrence and can happen after most major injuries or surgeries. After facelift surgery, Dr. Santos will monitor you for hematoma development as well as take steps during/after surgery to avoid them. Let’s look at what a hematoma after facelift is and how to treat it.
As described, a hematoma is when blood pools outside of the blood vessels. This is one of the most common complications after a facelift, but thankfully it is rarely harmful and easily treated. Signs of a hematoma may include bruising, bruising that feels hard and lacks tenderness, and swelling. Most hematomas form within 24 hours.
If Dr. Santos determines you have a hematoma, he will determine if it is severe enough to warrant treatment. Some hematomas are minor and should resolve on their own, but they still require monitoring to ensure they do not get worse. Other times, hematomas need to be drained. Thankfully, this is fairly simple and can be done in the office under local anesthesia.
Certain factors can make patients more prone to hematoma formation. Dr. Santos will evaluate these risks and discuss them with you before surgery if relevant. To schedule a consultation, call us at 206-430-1035. You can also reach out online via our contact form, chat, or Price Simulator®.