My face is still hard and swollen after a facelift
I did a lot of reading and prepping before the surgery, and I thought I was well prepared. The doc even warned me that I may deal with some depression and bad feelings during the healing process. But I guess I wasn't as prepared as I thought I was.
Three weeks in, and my face is still hard and swollen, more so on the right than on the left. My smile is crooked and forced looking, because my cheeks are hard and won't move as much. I cannot move my right eyebrow; I have no feeling in it.
The right side of my neck looks wonderful, but the center and left side are all red and scabby. The scabs/cuts in my scalp are pulling and giving me headaches.
Worst of all, my hair is falling out. I know this is a common phenomenon, known as telogen effluvium, wherein a shock to the body (like a surgery, illness, or even pregnancy) can drive the hair into a resting phase and a fair amount of it sheds. I have been told it will eventually get better and I won't go bald, but it's still terrifying, seeing all this hair loss. My hair is long and layered, and usually very full and bouncy and beautiful. Now it just hangs like a limp dishrag. It doesn't help that I can't put product in it and blow it out with a hair dryer, because of all the scabbing.
I did this to feel more attractive, and I feel hideous. HELP! Please tell me it gets better! I know thousands of people have been through this successfully. The Internet doesn't help... either I read absolute horror stories, or I read about what to expect the first two weeks, but little about after that. Just how long IS this freaking healing process, anyway? When will I feel like me again? Thanks... Erica