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Neck Lift Recovery: What to Expect

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A neck lift is a common procedure to reduce the appearance of a sagging neck or jowls. It can remove excess skin to create a more youthful appearance, making you feel better about how you look. However, it is considered a major surgery and requires recovery that can last several weeks. This is what you can expect.

Recovery Instructions

You will receive a list of recovery instructions before your surgery, so you know what to expect. You must follow them closely to ensure you heal as swiftly as possible. Your surgeon will review them with you before and after your procedure.

Immediate Recovery

There will be a tight bandage around your neck after your surgery. This should stay in place until your follow-up appointment, when your surgeon may decide to redress the incision. You may or may not have a drain to prevent uncomfortable swelling.

Bruising and Swelling

As with any major surgery, you should expect some amount of bruising and swelling in the area. This is normal and will be at its worst by day three or four. After this, it should start to lessen. You may also feel slight tingling around the incision site. Your surgeon may prescribe medication to reduce the pain and swelling.

Rest and Elevation

Resting after any major surgery is essential, and a neck lift is no exception. You should rest as your body heals. Keeping your head elevated can help to reduce swelling in your neck, which should reduce pain and aid healing. This is especially important in the first several days after neck lift surgery.

Long-Term Recovery

Most swelling and bruising should be gone by the second week, but it could take several more to see the full results of the procedure. While you can return to everyday activities at this point, you should avoid overly strenuous ones, especially sports. It is normal to feel tingling and tightness around the incision for some time.

A neck lift is ideal for women and men who want to take years off their appearance and feel better about how they look. Call or email today to schedule your in-office or virtual consultation with Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS to discuss neck lift procedures.

Posted on behalf of Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS

Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS
580 Park Avenue Suite 1BE,
New York, NY 10065
(212) 339-9988

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