What To Expect After a Neck Lift

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Are you in the market for a neck lift and curious as to what to expect after the procedure is completed? It is typically done for those who seek to reduce the excess skin that hangs around the neck area, an occurrence called “turkey wattle” or just “neck wattle”. A neck lift can also be done to help increase fullness and remove excess fat. Other cosmetic procedures that may be done while having a neck lift include liposuction of the area to help tone and remove excess fat from the area and the inclusion of a Botox procedure to keep the area full and remove areas that aren’t smooth.

What To Expect After a Neck Lift

Setting Up Your Recovery Station

To make sure you have everything you need at home, you can set up a table or other item in the home that has everything you may need at a reasonable reach. Some of these items that will help you during your downtime from a neck lift include gauze, towels, a thermometer, ice packs, loose fitting clothing that don’t pull over the neck, antibacterial ointment, petroleum jelly, pillows, and a phone within reach. Make sure that you also have a buddy that will check in on you and someone that can stay during the first 24 hours after the surgery is completed.

Complications and Possible Side Effects

A neck lift is surgery and therefore will come with standard complications and side effects that may happen after a surgery is performed. Some of these complications may include an infection, which is why you need the thermometer to check for any signs of fever. Also, if you find pus from the incisions, you will need to see a doctor. Some of the side effects from the surgery may include swelling, bruising, tingling or tightness in the area, some numbness, and possibly burning. These can happen during any point of the first few weeks of the recovery process and shouldn’t worry you unless it gets severe.

The Downtime

While there is some definite recovery time needed in this toning procedure, you may usually be able to return to work in 10 to 14 days after the procedure. You’ll have to abstain from sports and other strenuous exercise for at least three weeks. Your doctor will be able to check you and tell you precisely how much time to keep from doing your favorite things. Remember, recovery is there for a reason –let your body heal. You need this time for healing and over-extending yourself will only give you setbacks.

Recovery from a Neck Lift is similar to many other surgery’s down time. Ask your doctor if there is anything you should be on the lookout for and always make sure that you have all your questions answered well before you leave the hospital to go home. An informed patient is a better-prepared patient.