I am scheduled for Neck lipo and Neck lift next week. How much swelling and brusing should I expect? How long will they last?
How Much Swelling and Bruising Will I Get from Neck Liposuction and Lift?
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Everyone is different, but expect 2 weeks or so of bruising
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.
Bruising and Swelling after Necklift
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.
How much swelling and bruising after a neck lift Depends on surgical technique
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Compression garment is key!
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!
Neck Lift Recovery Time
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 and will generally be gone at 2 weeks. With this technique, you will not need any narcotics and all my patients ever use is some Aleve or something similar.
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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Neck Lift and Neck Lipo Recovery
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Neck lift recovery
On day 7, the stitches are generally removed, you're allowed to wear makeup in our practice, and we allow you to start working out. The problem with the second week is the bruising and swelling. You can do things around the house but you may not want to be seen at work or by your friends until day 12 after surgery.
Neck Lipo and Lift Recovery
Recovery from a necklift
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