How Long Will My Recovery after Neck Lift Take?
A graceful and smooth neckline conveys youth and beauty. Unfortunately, the aging process results in loose skin and banding on the neck. A neck lift can address the signs of aging and rejuvenate your appearance. Following your cosmetic surgery, you will begin your recovery.
Hove Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in Philadelphia, PA, we discuss the neck lift recovery timeline with our patients. Resting and following your recovery guidelines can ensure that you enjoy the full cosmetic benefits of your neck lift.
What to Expect during Your Recovery
After surgery, you will be given specific guidelines that should be followed closely. Dr. Christopher Hove will be available to answer your questions or concerns throughout your recovery. While every patient’s recovery timeline varies depending on age, the number of procedures performed, and other factors, a typical recovery follows this timeline.
Immediately after Surgery
You will have a bandage placed around your neck and face to protect the surgical area and reduce swelling and bruising. A small tube may be present to allow for drainage from the surgical area. When you return home to rest and recover, you should keep your head elevated to reduce blood pressure around the surgical site.
Careful steps should be taken to avoid twisting or stretching the neck, especially during the first week of recovery. Although many people associate ice packs with healing, placing ice near your incisions can restrict blood flow and potentially cause damage to your skin.
Pain medications can alleviate discomfort. Having a fully stocked recovery room is another good idea that can reduce your need for leaving the house during the first few days of recovery. Light walking can prevent blood clots.
The First Week
Bruising and swelling are common side effects. Many patients report that their neck feels tight. Bruising generally subsides by the end of the first week after surgery.
During the first week, rest is paramount. Eating a healthy diet and avoiding strenuous activities can help you lower your risk of complications.
After the First Week
After the first week, most patients can slowly resume normal work and chores while avoiding strenuous activities. Be sure to check with Dr. Hove before returning to work, which most people do around two weeks after surgery. Sutures are generally removed five to 10 days following surgery.
Alcohol should be avoided for three weeks since it promotes fluid retention. Avoiding excessive sunlight will also help you reduce the appearance of scars.
Most patients are able to resume strenuous activities one month after surgery. As always, discuss when you can resume exercising and other activities with Dr. Hove.
When Will I See the Full Results?
It may take several weeks or even months before swelling completely subsides and you can enjoy the full benefits of your treatment. One way to ensure that you enjoy the full benefits of neck lift surgery is to follow the tips in this blog post and follow your recovery guidelines closely.
By resting and taking care of your overall health, you can take an active role in ensuring that your recovery is free of complications.
Schedule Your Neck Lift Surgery Today
If sagging skin on and near your neck leaves you looking advanced in years, Dr. Hove can customize your neck lift surgery to restore elegance and youth to your appearance. To schedule your neck lift consultation, please contact our office online or call (610) 647-3727.