Neck Lift Surgery Aftercare

Recovery from neck lift surgery requires ample rest for both your mind and body. It’s normal to experience increased fatigue and reduced energy during the initial 6-week post-surgery period. Bruising and swelling are common after the procedure. Bruising typically subsides after the first 2 weeks, and a significant portion of the swelling goes down within 6 weeks, with some residual swelling expected for 2-3 months.

  • Contact the office immediately if you experience any of the following:
    • Body temperature exceeding 100 degrees
    • Sudden and excessive pain
    • Difficulty in breathing
    • Excessive bleeding
    • Rapid swelling of the neck or face
  • Care for your dressings:
    • Keep them dry and clean, and they will be removed during your follow-up at the office.
  • Showering and hair washing:
    • Wait 48 hours after surgery before showering or washing your hair. Be gentle, avoid scrubbing the incisions, and pat dry.
  • Medication restrictions:
    • Avoid Aspirin, Aspirin-containing drugs, and Vitamin E for 2 weeks following surgery.
  • Sleeping posture:
    • Sleep on your back, not using a pillow, maintaining a 90-degree angle for your neck. Do not sleep with your neck bent forward.
  • Reading posture:
    • When reading, raise the book to eye level to maintain a 90-degree neck position. Avoid bending your neck downward.
  • Head movement:
    • When turning your head, ensure that you turn your head and shoulders as a unit, avoiding excessive neck movement.
  • Diet:
    • Eat a soft diet and avoid vigorous chewing for 3-4 days after surgery.
  • Alcohol restriction:
    • Refrain from alcohol consumption for 2 weeks post-surgery.
  • Driving:
    • Do not drive for at least 1 week following surgery.
  • Ice and heating pads:
    • Refrain from using ice or heating pads on the neck or face.
  • Blow dryer usage:
    • If and when you use a blow dryer, use a cool setting for the first couple weeks after surgery to prevent scalp burns.
  • Makeup application:
    • You may apply makeup 1 week after surgery, taking care to be gentle when removing it.
  • Sun protection:
    • Avoid sun exposure to the face for 6 weeks after surgery, and use sunscreen thereafter.
  • Water activities restriction:
    • No baths, saunas, Jacuzzis, swimming, steam rooms, or anything else that submerges the incisions until they have completely healed, usually after at least 6 weeks.
  • Lifting and physical activity:
    • Do not lift, push, or pull anything weighing more than 2 lbs for 2 weeks.
    • Avoid strenuous activity, lifting, or bending for the first 6 weeks after surgery.
    • Short walks are encouraged during the first two weeks. Aim for 10-15 minutes of walking 3-4 times a day, even on the first day after surgery.

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