After 5 Years my Ear Pulses with Pain Like a Pin Stuck in There

I had a facelift 5 years ago. The left side of my face and ear were numb and it was painful to touch the skin. Now most of the numbness has gone away but it feels like there is a pin in my ear poking me over and over again. Slight bump in front of my left ear is very tender to touch and hurts. Now my jaw hurts to open. Is this something that can be corrected?

Sensory nerve damage after facelift - how to fix it

Thanks for your question. I'm sorry to hear about the challenges you're facing after your facelift. There are ways to manage this pain - I would definitely start with the plastic surgeon that performed the procedure. Things to determine might include - is it possible there is a stitch pulling or trapping the nerve (likely the greater auricular). Treatment can include a nerve block at the site of the nerve to help diagnose if this is the issue. simple things like massage can "re-educate" the nerve. Steroid injection and scar revision can also play a role in improving your situation. I hope this helps!

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