A neck lift is a popular cosmetic surgery used to remove signs of aging around the neck and jawline. The procedure can be very effective for treating loose or sagging skin as well as tightening loose neck muscles. If you’re thinking about undergoing a neck lift, one aspect you may be concerned about is the recovery process. So, what should you expect following your neck lift procedure?
Immediate Aftermath of the Procedure
Neck lifts are typically performed as outpatient operations, and you should be able to return home a couple of hours after the surgery. When you awake, you will likely have bandages around your lower face and neck to minimize swelling and bruising. You may be prescribed pain medication to deal with the discomfort, and in some cases, you will be sent home with a drainage tube for any excess blood and fluid. Before you head home, Dr. Saigal will provide you with detailed instructions for your recovery process.
Neck Lift Recovery Timeline
During the first week of your neck lift recovery, you will need to rest frequently. You will likely have a follow-up appointment with Dr. Saigal after a couple of days to check on your progress. The first few days will be the worst period for discomfort and swelling, but you should gradually feel better as the week progresses.
You should be able to start returning to normal daily activities after about a week. It will still be important to take it easy on your body, but you should be getting your energy back and feeling significantly better. During the second week of your recovery, the swelling should start to subside, and you will begin to see the results of your neck lift.
By the third week of your recovery, your stitches will most likely be out, and any swelling, bruising, and discomfort should be all but gone. Plus, the positive effects of the procedure should be very evident. Finally, after approximately three or four weeks, you should be able to resume strenuous exercise and sports.
Neck Lift Recovery Tips
After your neck lift surgery, what’s most important is that you follow all of Dr. Saigal’s advice for the healing process. However, there are also multiple things you can do to ensure that your recovery goes as smoothly as possible:
- Stay with someone for the first couple of days after the surgery
- Sleep with your head elevated
- Get plenty of sleep
- Avoid direct sunlight
- Avoid steamy showers and baths
- Use a cold compress to reduce swelling
- Contact Dr. Saigal immediately if you encounter any complications
Why Choose Dr. Saigal for Your Neck Lift?
You deserve personalized, compassionate care from your plastic surgeon, and that’s exactly what you’ll get from Dr. Saigal. He and our expert team at Saigal Facial Plastic Surgery will provide you with a comfortable experience and ensure that your neck lift yields exceptional results. Contact us today if you’d like to schedule a consultation.