The word ‘surgery’ creates images of lying in a hospital bed for weeks, missing out on life as you recover from your procedure. But is plastic surgery really that bad?
Truth is, recovering from a neck lift is nothing like your worst-case scenario. Let’s look at some of the common questions we get about recovering from neck lifts, and show you it’s not nearly as bad as you think.
First, the long answer:
Every patient and every procedure is different. Your age and health play a big role in how fast you’ll recover from your neck lift.
But the biggest factor is how skilled your surgeon is—his or her expertise can mean the difference between a botched surgery that takes a long time to heal, or a flawless procedure that heals incredibly fast.
Now, the short answer:
On average, recovery from a neck lift is very fast. You’ll be back to the same activities as before in just a few weeks, not months.
And don’t worry—your surgeon will make this process crystal clear well ahead of time.
Pain is normal during the first few days after your recovery, and is usually managed with a prescription painkiller.
Your surgeon will make incisions where they aren’t easily visible (usually behind your ears and just below your chin), which will heal over the next year to become virtually invisible. Although the small incisions will be in hard-to-spot areas, it’s still important to avoid UV exposure at your incision sites in order to speed up the scars’ healing time.
Before your procedure, your surgeon will map out your recovery plan and tell you exactly what to expect, and how to deal with any pain or potential issues.
Your recovery may vary, but here’s a general guideline for what to expect during a neck lift recovery:
Not so bad, is it? It’ll take a few weeks to feel 100% again, but a neck lift isn’t going to put your life on hold—not one bit.
Complications caused by neck lift surgery are thankfully uncommon, but they can happen. As part of your recovery, keep an eye out for:
If you notice any of these signs—or if something just doesn’t look or feel quite right—contact your doctor immediately.
Remember, your plastic surgeon is here to help. That means building a customized plan for you and your body to make the entire process simple to understand.
Most surgeons can get you satisfactory results. But the best ones go the extra mile, making you feel great and stay as healthy as possible.