Since everyone is different, each neck lift patient will recover from their neck lift surgery differently, the recovery from a neck lift can be surprisingly quick, especially if your surgeon uses a rapid recovery protocol. A rapid recovery protocol includes a twilight combined with tumescent anesthesia, no drains, removal of the dressing the next day, hot showers the next day and up and around walking the next day. I encourage my patients to get outside for a walk the next day and do not restrict activities like lifting or bending over. Some work out fanatics have been back to the gym the next day on a spin bike or doing a light workout at home.
With the rapid recovery neck lift method, my patients are generally able to get back to work within a week. The big problem is usually the residual swelling that does not look bad but people who know you well will likely notice the swelling and hopefully an improvement in your appearance. There will be bruising but this can always be covered up with makeup. With this technique, you will not need any narcotics and all my patients ever use is some Aleve or something similar.
The duration of the surgery varies with what has to be done but usually, in my hands, a neck lift will take about 2 hours to complete.
You should love the results. Everyone who has a neck lift in my practice is thrilled with their outcome. The saggy neck is an aged look and correcting can be one of the best things you can do for your looks!
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