What to do when you go home after a Neck Lift

You will feel tired and sore for a few days and will have swelling and bruising, which is only natural. Most of your discomfort will be subsided with prescription medication.

What about dressings?

Following the operation you will have a light dressing in place which will need to be kept dry for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks your dressing will be removed and the wound inspected and lightly cleaned.

Will I have scarring?

The scars will be firm and pink for at least six weeks and may remain the same size for several months. It is important to keep in mind that they may take up to 2 years to fade.

What else should I do?

It is critical that you review post-procedure care with your doctor. Following his/her instructions carefully will help ensure you have a speedy, healthy recovery.


  • Drink plenty of fluids, and
  • Be sure to take the doctor's prescribed medications.

What about bathing?

Although it is important to keep the neck area clean throughout the healing process, to avoid infections, neck lift patients should not submerge their incisions in a bath, swimming pool, or other body of water until the neck has completely healed.

Can I use soaps and lotions as normal?

Avoid touching the incisions or bringing any product, such as lotion, in contact with the stitched area.

What about swelling? And when will my stitches come out?

Your stitches will come out within a week to ten days, but swelling may continue, gradually subsiding over several weeks. As the swelling subsides, the results will become more apparent. There is an immediate difference in the shape of the neck that is both dramatic and noticeable. Most patients are very pleased with the long-term results of their neck lift surgery.

What about caring for my children?

If you have small children they may need to be cared for by your spouse or another guardian for the first few days.

When can I become active again?

Most likely, you will be able to resume calm, quiet activities within a few days to a week following surgery.

When can I resume exercise?

Most likely, you will be able to resume an exercise regime within a month or two.

What about lifting and carrying?

You will need to avoid reaching or lifting of any kind for at least a week and for as long as two weeks.

When can I return to work?

If you work and your job is not strenuous (no reaching or heavy lifting), you should be able to return to work after a week or two. However, if your job requires physical activity, you should wait two weeks before resuming a full workload.

What if something goes wrong?

Once you're home, contact your surgeon immediately if you:

  • Experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or unusual heart beats.
  • Notice any signs of infection.
  • Experience bleeding.
  • Experience a sudden increase in pain.

Above all, get plenty of rest and allow your body to spend its energy on healing.

Find out more

Only through an in-depth discussion with your surgeon will you be able to understand the risks, benefits and expected outcomes of this procedure.

If you would like to find out more about neck lift surgery surgery or arrange a consultation, contact us today on 08707 606 555, or by completing our online enquiry form for an immediate response.

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