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Recovering from Neck Lift Surgery

By dustinheringer on May 02, 2015


A woman smiling broadly, her neck skin smooth and rejuvenated after neck lift surgeryAmong the many excellent facial plastic surgery procedures available at Arizona Ocular and Facial Plastic Surgery, few can match the transformative effects of neck lift surgery. The neck is one of the first places on the human body to exhibit the tell-tale signs of aging. Even if a person is fortunate enough to maintain smooth, youthful-looking facial skin well into his or her 40s, his or her neck skin may tell a different story altogether. Sagging neck skin can create the dreaded “turkey wattle” effect that can betray a person’s true age or, worse yet, make him or her look even older than he or she actually is.

Thankfully, neck lift surgery can help to turn back the clock by five to ten years by tightening the skin of the neck and the underlying muscles to create more flattering contours. The procedure can be performed on its own or in conjunction with one or more of several facial plastic surgery procedures as part of more comprehensive facial rejuvenation plan. As with all procedures performed at Arizona Ocular and Facial Plastic Surgery, patients can expect Drs. Dustin Heringer and William McLeish to produce outstanding results tailored to their unique needs and goals.

However, they should also expect to experience a recovery period during which they will have to follow post-surgical instructions provided to them by our surgeons to the letter. Doing so is essential to their safety, health, and overall results. Our plastic surgeons detail neck lift recovery during consultations at our Scottsdale practice before patients commit to undergoing the procedure. This way, patients can make confident, informed decisions about whether to proceed with surgery.

What to Expect during Neck Lift Recovery

Obviously, your recovery from neck lift surgery will be quite different if you undergo neck lift surgery on its own as opposed to undergoing the procedure as part of a comprehensive facial rejuvenation plan. In any event, you should expect to have someone drive you to and from your surgical appointment, as neck lift is a major surgical procedure. Even if the operation was performed while you were under local anesthesia, you will be too groggy and sore to drive or do much else for yourself on the day of your surgery.

You will experience some mild to moderate discomfort after your surgery; this can be controlled with pain relievers, which we will prescribe. You may notice some tingling, burning, or sharp but fleeting pains at your incision sites or in your face; however, these side effects will subside over time.

Other side effects from surgery include swelling and bruising, both of which will also subside within days. Keeping your head elevated at all times, including while sleeping, will help to improve these symptoms.

During the first few days after surgery, strenuous activities should be avoided, but light walking is encouraged. Your sutures will be removed within seven to ten days, and you can resume your normal activities when you are cleared to do so by our surgeons.

Learn More about Neck Lift Recovery

To learn more about neck lift recovery, please contact Arizona Ocular and Facial Plastic Surgery today.

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