Can a bad, consistent cough damage my neck lift?

Nine weeks out from mini facelift and necklift I caught a cold and bad cough. Neck is still healing in general. Am I injuring any skin or muscle when I cough? Thank you.

Doctor Answers 6

Post op healing

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Dear. Troylin,

Thanks for your question. At 9 weeks post op, I think you'll be fine. However, I would definitely suggest that you see your doctor to address the cough. Hope you feel better soon.


Kouros Azar

Thousand Oaks Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Probably ok now

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So the soft tissues of the face heal pretty quickly. 9 weeks should be enough to have everything stuck down now unless you have a very heavy cough. I have heard of post op complications as late as three weeks to do with coughing but that the longest time.

Hope that helps. 

Adam Goodwin

Coughing 9 weeks after a face lift

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Thank you for asking about your face lift.

  • After nine weeks, fortunately, things should have healed well enough that you won't damage your result.
  • However - persistent coughing is not good for us for lots of other reasons.
  • Please be to see your regular doctor if the cough persists or if the cold has turned to bronchitis.

Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes  - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

Can coughing damage my necklift?

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Thank you for your question.

It is highly unlikely that you would have caused damage to your neck area because of coughing 9 weeks after a neck lifting procedure.

I would recommend you see you GP to help treat the cough.

Cough after facelift

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In general, a cough should not give you problems unless you cough so hard that you cause internal bleeding under the skin flaps.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Will a cough damage face/neck lift results

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Its highly unlikely after 9 weeks that you have caused any damage, most of the initial healing is done so don't worry about damaging your results. 

Dilip D. Madnani, MD, FACS
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 104 reviews

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