The neck is a common ageing concern as gravity causes the skin and muscles to start to sag, resulting in a loss of definition along the neck and under the jawline. Patients are often curious about the recovery process.

Every patient responds to surgery differently, but in our neck lift surgery recovery guide we advise you on what pain you can expect, when you can return to normal life and tips on best neck lift recovery.

Our neck lift surgery recovery timeline

Recovery from a neck lift can vary from patient to patient and often depends on your age, general health pre-surgery and your body’s individual ability to heal. It also depends on the extent of the procedure; a neck lift is often performed in combination with a facelift and Mr Alex Karidis also may contour the neck and under the chin with liposuction.

The first 24 hours: a neck lift is performed under a general anaesthetic and patients stay overnight in hospital to be monitored. You may feel slightly disorientated from the anaesthetic and your neck will feel very tight and stiff. You will be propped up in bed to help control any swelling and bruising.

The first week: arrange for someone to look after you in the first week as it’s important to fully rest and you shouldn’t do any lifting or straining. Any pain should be well managed with the appropriate painkillers. Swelling and bruising will peak in the first few days and then start to subside.

The first month: although patients can typically resume daily activities and return to work after two weeks, we advise that you avoid any strenuous neck movements, heavy lifting or intense cardio for six weeks. You shouldn’t be experiencing any more pain after the first two weeks, but there will still be a sensation of tightness. Skin sensation should also be returning and you may feel tingling.

Full recovery: there still be some subtle swelling for the first few months, so the new contour of your neck and jawline will be fully defined from about six months. Mr Alex Karidis will position the scars so they are as hidden as possible when healed. It can take 12 to 18 months for scars to fully diminish.

Neck lift recovery FAQs

Here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about the neck lift recovery process:

A common side effect of neck lift surgery is a feeling of tightness that can last for several months as all swelling subsides and scar tissue relaxes. While this can be unnerving, it’s totally expected.

One of the most important things you can do is to rest after neck lift surgery and keep your head elevated as much as possible. This will help reduce swelling and minimise fluid build-up.

We have recently relaunched the Karidis Clinic App, which supports you throughout your patient journey. A successful cosmetic surgery procedure goes beyond the operating room and the app provide invaluable advice on how to optimise your recovery process as well as sending you alerts for all your post-op check-ups.

At Karidis Clinic, all neck lift procedures are carried out by one of the best known facial rejuvenation surgeons in London, Mr Alex Karidis.

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