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Question: Facial Swelling and Bruising After Scalp Cyst Removal

 citygirl113 - Fri Jul 09, 2010 8:01 pm

I had a cyst removed from my scalp near my hair line in the office of a plastic surgeon. Things seemed okay at first. No pain or real discomfort. Now 48 hours later, I have gross swelling in my face, cheeks and eyes which are also bruising. My doctor is away so I wanted to know if this is normal? My face is super-distorted looking, as in, I can't leave the house.
 Dr.M.Aroon kamath - Mon Jul 12, 2010 3:22 am

User avatar Hi,
Some minor local bruising around the sutured wound or some degree of 'black eyes' may occur in some cases. But, gross swelling of the face is unusual. Infection causing the swelling is less likely so early ( 48 hours post surgery). Bruising + swelling so early, could indicate bleeding- perhaps controlled on its own(tamponade). However, in this situation, one should consult a surgeon urgently to sort it out.
Best wishes!
 citygirl113 - Mon Jul 12, 2010 1:51 pm

Many thanks. My swelling reduced on its own, but having your reply made me feel better too :)
 Dr.M.Aroon kamath - Sun Jul 18, 2010 10:47 pm

User avatar Hi citygirl113,
Thanks for the update. Glad that you recovered. Best wishes!

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