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i had a staph strep infection about 2-3 weeks ago that has been cleared up by IV on my jaw area. my face peeled and i am healthy again, however, on the spot whre my infection was i have a hard, lumpy spot. what is this? scar tissue? should i massage it?

also, if i want to get beard transplants in this area, how long should i wait?

Thank you for your question. The lump may very well be a scar tissue especially if its not painful,red and warm. It is not uncommon to have scar tissue build up if there was an a deep lesion/ infection that had to heal form inside. The process may have damaged some of the deeper tissue including the fat in the area. This will initially feel firm and usually will soften up over a few months.
Massage with clean hands is ok. You should make sure that you mention this to the doctor who was treating you to make sure it is nota residual deep part of the infection that has not resolved yet. They can then follow you and make sure that you are not colonized with the bacteria and lessen your chance of recurrence.
Thank you again.

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I am a COSMETIC SURGEON and exclusively practice cosmetic surgery. I can answer all questions regarding cosmetic surgery of the face, body and breast. I have been in practice since 2006. I prefer not to answer questions regarding reconstruction, microvascular surgery or hand surgery.


I have been in private practice since 2006 performing all aspects of body, face and breast cosmetic surgery. To date I have performed over three thousands cometic surgery procedures with less than 0.5% revision rate.

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I completed a two year post residency accredited cosmetic surgery fellowship program. To date, I have performed over three thousand cosmetic surgery procedures. I am a graduate of The College of William and Mary, where I obtained dual degrees in Biology and Chemistry. In 2001 I received my Medical Degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Following graduation, I served my residency in general and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Maryland Hospital, where I was awarded the coveted designation of “intern of the year.” Subsequently, I completed an additional two-year fellowship in face, breast and body cosmetic surgery under the directorship of Dr. Howard Tobin, past president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.

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