I feel really tight in the neck. It's a horrible feeling, day 5 after op. Feeling depressed. Why so tight? I'm worried (Photo)
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Doctor Answers 19
Neck Stiffness after Facelift
A tight sensation is normal after a neck lift
Concern after Facelift Surgery
Follow up with your surgeon to help re-assure yourself.
I also posted a discussion on healing after a facelift.
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Feel tight five days after facelift
Don't worry too much, there is not an obvious problem in your pictures.
Continue to have dialogue with your surgeon.
Neck tightness and depression after a facelift
In terms of the tightness,
The main technique of a facelift surgery is to lift and tighten the muscles underneath the skin. This tightening of the muscle not only creates an improved contour of the neck and jawline area, but also can give you the sensation of tightness in the neck. Some patients will feel like they cannot turn their head. Others feel like it effects their ability to swallow. In either case, you will still be able to swallow and breathe normally. Your neck motion will return to normal after you are done with the healing process. The sensation of tightness will also return to normal. This typically takes about 2 weeks.
In terms of feelings of depression,
Those feelings after a facelift (or any surgery) are very common. Surgery puts stress on your body, and the recovery period takes patience and energy that can be difficult to find sometimes. I recommend to my patients to try to do as many normal day-to-day things as you can tolerate. Go for a walk with friends. Get some takeout dinner. Read a good book or watch one of your favorite movies. As you heal and your body recovers, you can gradually feel like yourself again. You also get to enjoy your new, youthful look!
Best of luck in your recovery process.
Post operative recovery after facelift surgery
TIGHT NECK AFTER FACELIFT
As for the depression, you MUST believe it will resolve with time. Depression is not uncommon after facial rejuvenation surgery because the temporary changes in your face can seem distorting, even though you know it is temporary. I find that the best treatment for my patients is to get out of the house in the evening with whatever effective cover they need. Seeing a movie or something similar that is distracting and gets you out of your head is some of the best therapy. However, if the depression persists for more than a couple weeks and discussions with your surgeon have no affect, you will need to see a professional in that area.
Face lift - neck tightness and depressed 5 days later
- A face and neck lift tightens the muscles in the neck and causes swelling.
- It slowly subsides over the first 1 - 2 weeks in most women.
- Depression is normal in the first 2 weeks after surgery -
- Discussing your concerns with your surgeon can help with the depression and reassure you.
Best wishes - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS
Neck Tightness is Normal
I am also sorry that your are feeling depressed. I will often counsel my own patients, that feelings of sadness and/or anxiety are normal and expected after facial procedures. As you continue to recover, and swelling resolves, your feelings hopefully will change, and your will start to enjoy your refreshed look! Again, be sure to mention this to your surgeon.
I hope that this helps!
Tightness in the neck after lower face-lift
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