I had a face and neck lift a week ago. My neck feels as if there is a binder clip on each side, pulling . Is this normal? It is very uncomfortable. How long would this last? I feel as if I am being strangled. I fear that I will always have this horrible pulling and tightness.
Should my Neck Hurt So Much After Neck Lift?
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My neck hurts after a neck and facelift
It is common to feel tightness following a necklift procedure as there are sutures that are anchoring the muscle in the suspended position. This will gradually subside however it is difficult to predict how long it will take. I would make sure that you address these concerns with your surgeon to ensure that you are healing normally. Occasionally, pain out of proportion to the procedure that was performed can indicate a complication such as a hematoma. Your surgeon should easily be able to rule this out.
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Should my neck hurt so much after neck lift?
After an operation patients experience different grades of pain. The pain is a relative symptom and it differs from one person to another, but after a neck lift, it is normal to feel tightness as if you are being strangled because of the shaping of the muscle in the neck. Abnormal symptoms that may be the cause of pain as well is any fluid collections or any discoloration of the skin that may cause some of the skin necrosis, although there are various complications that can happen and may also cause pain. Those are things that your plastic surgeon needs to rule out. Other than that, discomforts, tightness are normal symptoms after a necklift.
This sounds fairly normal. Most people describe burning, stinging, pulling, throbbing, etc. Don't worry, the tightness will eventually improve. Try some heat (no heating pad) for relief.
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Post Neck Lift Pain
Thank you for your question. The tightness does fade after a week or so. The swelling unfortunately goes the way of gravity, and winds up in the neck. This tends to pass in a couple of weeks, and faster if you wear a compression garment around the chin/neck area. I hope this helps.
Post Facelift / Necklift/ Lower Facelift Discomfort
Thank you for sharing. Yes, this is very common and normal. The tightness will resolve over the next couple weeks and your surgeon will likely instruct you on when you can increase the range of motion in your neck soon. If you have frank pain, you should discuss this with your surgeon. The tightness will get better in the near future. I hope this helps. Take care and I hope you enjoy your results.