Do I need downtime after a Neck Lift procedure?

All our Neck Lift procedures are designed to have minimal downtime. Most importantly, we make sure that the pain is very minimal. If you try to get back to a regular exercise routine too early, then it will increase swelling and slow down your recovery time. However, normal everyday activities and computer work should not be significantly affected.

The biggest issue that people will have following their neck lift surgery is the visibility of bruising, stitches and dressings. Some people will be more sensitive about these than others. You may choose to take some extra downtime in order to heal and allow the swelling to reduce before returning to work or regular social activities if you don’t want other people to see the stiches and bruises. The main bandage is removed within 48 hours.  Bandages are reasonably well hidden around the ears or under the chin. You can leave them open or cover with tape.

If you have had a general anaesthetic, then you will need to have a sensible person with you overnight to help take care of you, as you may continue to feel groggy and sleepy, or disoriented. A little help with some physical activities around the home would be useful for a few days in order for you to rest, relax and recover. Try not to have your head down and maybe sleep with an extra pillow.

Any liposuction incisions may or may not be sutured, but other stitches are generally removed a week after surgery. If they are visible, as with the Cadogan Clinic Swan Neck procedure, then we cover them with camouflaging tape. If you add a scarf, then there is virtually no visibility.

Bruising from liposuction is surprisingly slight in this area, and normal activities can be resumed within a day or two. Men do occasionally have a little more, bruising because of the increased blood supply to the beard. Following your surgeon’s instructions on how to care for the bruising and swelling will be the best way to ensure a speedy recovery with less downtime. 

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