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How Much Swelling and Bruising Will I Get from Neck Liposuction and Lift?

I am scheduled for Neck lipo and Neck lift next week. How much swelling and brusing should I expect? How long will they last?

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Everyone is different, but expect 2 weeks or so of bruising

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Every patient heals a bit differently after neck rejuvenation procedures, but I tell mine to expect around 2 weeks of bruising-- some heal quicker, some slower. One tip I have found helpful to reduce the amount of bruising is to have my patients start on the over the counter herbal medicine Arnica before the procedure and continue it after. Check with your surgeon before doing this, but it may help the bruising resolve a bit more quickly.

Good Luck!

Dr. Salemy

Seattle Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 85 reviews

Compression garment is key!

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Neck lifts and Lipo almost always go well. I had a patient have a necklift 2 weeks ago and was filming a commercial in 7 days. My favorite way to minimize bruising and swelling is a compression neck garment. Other supplements and dietary changes help, but compression and good surgery are the key!

New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

One to 3 weeks... it varies...

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Bruising after facial surgery varies. Be sure to follow your surgeon's instructions to the letter, and avoid medications that can cause bleeding or bruising (such as vitamin E, fish oil, aspirin, etc). Avoiding "overdoing it" in the early post-operative period can also decrease bruising. The amount of visible bruising depends on the meticulous technique of your surgeon, your intrinsic ability to form clots, and following post operative instructions carefully. If everything goes well, you may have almost no bruising. Typically, something is visible for 7 to 10 days, and if you are unlucky, it can last around 3 weeks. I hope this is useful.

I wish you a speedy recovery!

Web reference: http://www.drmichaelbogdan.com/plastic-surgery/facelift.cfm

Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Bruising and Swelling after Necklift

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A necklift is routinely combined with fat removal, either by liposuction, by "hand" or both. Swelling is usually minimal. It is normal to have bruising but it settles quickly by gravity into the lower neck area and sometimes upper chest area where it is easy to cover.

Worcester Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

How much swelling and bruising after a neck lift Depends on surgical technique

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How much swelling a patient gets varies depending on the patient and upon the surgical techniques that are used. If Jackson-Pratt drains are used, there is only minimal bruising because the blood goes out in the drains. Some surgeons use drains, while others used compression garments. We prefer use of mechanical suction drains in our practice. There is a moderate amount of swelling typically, but it usually subsides in two weeks. Patients are asked to refrain from social activities, work and strenuous exercise for 2 weeks. For many examples, please see  the link below to our neck lift photo gallery.

Web reference: http://www.seattlefacial.com/photogallery/neckliftandlipo_photos.html

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

Bruising can be controlled with arnica.

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Please don't worry too much about bruising, swelling or pain.  Even though the face/neck can bruise significantly, it also resolves very quickly.  You can wear a scarf loosely around your neck to camouflage the area.  All the best with your surgery!

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Swelling and bruising after neck lipo and lift.

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Everyone is different.  Usually most swelling goes away in a few weeks.  Our office has patients keep their head elevated for a week after surgery.  We like ice to the area for the first few days.  We also like compression garments.  Arnica can also be helpful.

Web reference: http://www.jjrothmd.com/procedures/facelift-necklift

Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Neck Liposuction and Lift Can Cause Significant Bruising On Chest

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Thank you for your question.

The combination of Liposuction and Neck lift can cause significant bruising. Some people do not bruise much, but you cannot predict who will or wont. Thus it is best to be prepared for bruising. The bruising can take 2-3 weeks to resolve.

Fortunately the bruising migrates down toward the chest and can be hidden with clothing.

Web reference: http://drseckel.com/double-chin/eliminate-double-chin-with-laser-liposuction/

Boston Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Bruising after a Neck Lift

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Swelling and bruising can vary depending on the person and their own tendency to bruise on a daily basis.  However typically the swelling and bruising associated with a neck lift and lipo will not be excessive and can be controlled and minimized by pre-op and post-op attention to care.


Avoiding certain medications and supplements pre-op can help as well as things like using a cooling mask post-op (not all surgeons offer them), wearing a compression garment for a few days, and staying elevated and fairly sedentary to give your body time to heal can help significantly.


The important thing is to follow the instructions of your surgeon to the letter, they have your best interests in mind and want to see you on your way to full recovery as quickly as possible.

San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Bruising after cosmetic surgery?

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Avoid aspirin, advil, fish oil etc for 2 weeks before and after as I am sure you have bee told.  Otherwise bruising varies much from person to person but is usually minimal.   Avoid Sodium one week before and 2 weeks after surgery to minimize swelling.  Tis will help but swelling differs from person to person.  If you do all right and keep head elevated etc you should be back to work in 4 days and look ok.

Palo Alto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

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