A neck lift surgery, better known as lower rhytidectomy in medical terms, is a surgical procedure that is meant to enhance visible signs of aging in the neck and jawline. A neck lift is, therefore, one of the best ways of rewinding the effects of age, so you can recover the slender and contoured neck of your youth.

Some candidates for this cosmetic procedure are nervous about the recovery process, which is okay. Like any other surgery, some pain and discomfort are expected. Especially with the downtime, patients may go through periods of discomfort. However, it will surprise you to know that most patients don’t report going through a great deal of pain. After all, a shapely and well-contoured neck in the future greatly overshadows the temporary discomfort.


Neck Lift Surgery Downtime

Among the most common questions patients pose to cosmetic surgeons are the ones to do with recovery. Particularly, patients want to know how long it takes before they can return to their normal routines. Downtime simply refers to the recovery or healing duration after a surgical procedure. Here’s what you should know about downtime whenever you are contemplating that neck lift:

  1.    Recovery time for a neck lift procedure varies from patient to patient. Further, it depends on several other factors, including the procedure itself and the patient’s overall health condition. These factors can be used as the initial estimates, but it is also wise to ask your plastic surgeon about the downtime for your specific procedure.


  1.    For job responsibilities that involve strenuous physical activities such as lifting heavy equipment or staying on your feet for prolonged periods, then you will have to wait much longer than the average downtime for your procedure.


  1.    When preparing for your procedure, it is advisable to plan more conservatively. This means that you should set aside more time off than your surgeon estimates your downtime to be. For an estimated recovery time of one week, try and reserve two weeks to avoid any stress related to unanticipated delays in the recovery phase.


  1.    For surgical procedures that will be obvious to friends and co-workers, especially facial surgeries, you may be forced to deal with other social concerns considering the nature of the procedure. Such facial procedures may take longer than the rest to give time for swelling and bruising to subside completely.

The average recovery time for a neck lift procedure is 1-2 weeks. However, you may want to know how you can accelerate the healing procedure so you can get over it as soon as possible. Here are a few tips to help patients to speed up the recovery process:

  •    Follow the plastic surgeon’s instructions to the letter, including taking care of the incision points and wearing protective garments.
  •    Eat a proper diet and drink a lot of water after the procedure. Proper nutrition and hydration are key to a speedy recovery.
  •    Avoid stress as it hinders or slows the healing process. Support from friends and family is also key to recovery.


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