What is the recovery after a neck lift?
Most patients are able to return to social and professional activities after one to three weeks. The truth is that recovery after facelift and neck lift surgery does depend on several factors.
Swelling is the main aspect of healing after facelift surgery, and by 2-weeks after surgery, 80% of the swelling will have resolved. Although the swelling will continue to resolve, most resolves by six weeks. The final result when all of the swelling has resolved can take as long as a year.
Most patients have minimal bruising that resolves over 1-2 weeks. Occasionally, less than five per cent of the time, there can be a marked bruise immediately below the eyes where the skin is very thin, this bruising can take 6-weeks to go, though it can be covered with makeup 1-week.
There is numbness around the ears and chin in the recovery period; this continues to improve over the first six weeks, although it can take 6-12 months to disappear completely.
In terms of pain, there is surprisingly little, and usually for less than 24 hours. Oral analgesia is adequate for the first day after surgery, and many of our patients never take any analgesia.
The position and shape of the scar can be camouflaged around the natural curves and lines behind the ears, and under the chin, they reach their final endpoint 6-12 months later. They are discrete and generally difficult to see after a few weeks; there are steps that can be taken to speed up their recovery and soften their appearance. One week after surgery, they can be covered with concealer makeup for social activities. Most can be restarted after 2-3 weeks; there may be some residual bruising and swelling; generally, this can be covered up with concealer. On average, at 2-weeks after surgery. With an important event such as a wedding, you should allow 6-weeks as a minimum to allow the majority of the swelling to have resolved.
As a general rule three weeks.