Neck Lift Recovery and Results
For patients who undergo a neck lift, recovery and results will differ according to several factors, some of which are unique to the individual. There are, however, certain elements of the post-surgical experience that are common among most patients. What patients must understand going into the surgery is that, regardless of the scope of their procedure, the results will not be immediately evident. Neck lift is an invasive procedure that involves some downtime and a period of healing; in most cases, the full results of the procedure take three to six months to reveal themselves. When they do, most patients look dramatically younger and slimmer, results that can last for many years for patients who lead healthy lifestyles.
The best way to ensure the swiftest neck lift recovery and optimal results is to entrust your surgery to an experienced plastic surgeon with a history of producing consistently excellent results. During your initial consultation with a surgeon, be sure to ask plenty of questions about his or her credentials, educational and professional backgrounds, and success rate. Also ask to view before-and-after photos of actual patients who underwent neck lift surgery, whether by itself or as part of a more comprehensive treatment plan.
Patients who undergo neck lift should be prepared to take some time off work, ranging from one to two weeks. In the first twenty-four hours after surgery, patients should arrange to have a friend or family member stay with them, as movement will be difficult. The first few days will be spent primarily in bed, with prescription pain medication being taken to control any pain or discomfort. It is important that patients have a supply of comfortable, loose-fitting shirts or blouses that button up the front, as pulling clothing over the head could interfere with healing.
Even after returning to work, patients will have to be careful to avoid strenuous activity, such as heavy lifting or sports, for a few weeks. As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of infection and bleeding associated with neck lift surgery. Bruising and swelling, especially in the first few days after surgery, are inevitable. Patients should be attentive to any signs that healing is not progressing properly, such as pus at the incision sites, and contact their surgeons immediately if there are any potential issues.
Neck lift results generally improve over time, even after a patient has healed from surgery. Optimal results are usually achieved within six months. Patients who refrain from smoking, drinking, and other lifestyle habits that could impair results are likely to recover and achieve their desired appearance more quickly.
Post-surgical scarring is usually minimal, especially when the neck lift is performed by a reputable, experienced surgeon. The tighter neck skin and better-defined jaw line will typically last between five and ten years.
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