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?

Doctor Answers 27

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.

Good Luck!

Dr. Salemy


Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 147 reviews

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.

Frank P. Fechner, MD
Worcester Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

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

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.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 137 reviews

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!

Robert M. Freund, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

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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Best regards.

Brian Windle, MD
Kirkland Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 60 reviews

Neck Lift and Neck Lipo Recovery

Thank you for your question.  Neck Liposuction will cause more trauma to the skin (than just neck lift) therefore I would suggest bruising and swelling may take about 2 weeks to settle.  I will always strap my patients chin after neck liposuction to ensure that swelling and bruising can be reduced as much as possible.  Please see your plastic surgeon for regular follow ups.
All The Best 

Amir Nakhdjevani, MBBS, MRCS, FRCS (Plast)
London Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 68 reviews

Neck lift recovery

Neck lift recovery, on average, takes 12 days. The first night you will have a dressing on around the neck that will be removed the next morning. Afterwards, we have our patients wear a light elastic band around the neck the first week as much as possible. Also, the first week, we recommend no heavy lifting, working out, or bending over. So, this week, you can't lift your kids or your pets or tend to your garden. You really want to take it easy otherwise you'll worsen the bruising and swelling.

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.

Mike Majmundar, MD
Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

Swelling brusing

After liposuction and a neck lift normally expect minimal discoloration. Approximately two weeks for recovery to drive and do your everyday life

Alejandro J. Quiroz, MD, FACS
Mexico Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 115 reviews

Neck Lipo and Lift Recovery

Bruising is often minimal after a #NeckLiposuction and Neck Lift procedure unless your dietary supplements, NSAID medications, certain vitamins, or history of easy bruising. Bruising and swelling are normal in the suctioned areas and usually increase slightly after the removal of any tape or foam. The bruising will decrease over 3-4 weeks, but may last as long as 6 weeks. The majority of the swelling will be gone within the first 3-4 weeks. However it may take 6-9 months to disappear completely. The compression garment helps reduce the swelling, and the longer it is worn, the more quickly the process will proceed. Some lasers and Arnica Gel may also help bruising from #liposuction.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 147 reviews

Recovery from a necklift

You can expect it to take about two weeks from bruising to resolve.  Swelling will take longer but most people can be out in public after about a week and a half and look good.  Swelling may take up to six months to fully resolve.  Wearing a neck strap and keeping your head elevation in the early recovery days can help this process move more quickly.

Susan D. Vasko, MD, FACS
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

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