Steroid Injections to Reduce Swelling After Facelift?

I am 7 weeks postoperative from Facelift & neck lift. My surgeon wants to wait six more weeks before steroid injections, but I am not so sure. What is your opinion? Should I give it time to heal? Are there any side effects to steroids?

Dr. Azizzadeh’s Expert Answer

I generally do not like steroid injections for reducing swelling as it may cause atrophy of the skin and fat in an unpredictable manner. Instead, I suggest and prefer using 5FU/steroid mixture only for excessive scar tissue formation on rare occasions, which does not cause atrophy.

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