A neck lift is a great option for men and women who want to improve the appearance of the neck and jawline. The surgery helps patients treat loose neck skin, fatty deposits under the chin, and other visible signs of aging in the face and neck. Yet, in some cases, patients do no plan ahead for neck lift recovery, and failure to do so hampers their ability to achieve the best-possible results of treatment.
Dr. Babak Azizzadeh of the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery takes pride in helping neck lift patients prepare for the recovery cycle. He teaches these patients about neck lift surgery and responds to their concerns and questions prior to treatment. As a result, Dr. Azizzadeh helps patients avoid complications during neck lift recovery.
What Is Required from a Patient During Neck Lift Recovery?
A neck lift patient should follow Dr. Azizzadeh’s instructions closely during the recovery period. In doing so, a patient can limit risk and increase the chances of maximizing the results of treatment.
Initially, Dr. Azizzadeh places a bandage around a neck lift patient’s face and neck to help reduce post-surgery swelling and bruising. Dr. Azizzadeh sometimes uses a thin tube to drain excess blood or fluid from beneath a neck lift patient’s skin as well.
Dr. Azizzadeh also explains how to manage the neck lift surgery site and any associated drains. He may offer medication that a patient can apply to the skin, or oral medication that helps speed up the healing process and reduce the risk of infection.
Ice should not be applied to the neck after a neck lift surgery. Although ice is sometimes used to help reduce swelling and bruising after different facial plastic surgeries, it can actually compromise blood flow relative to the neck skin after a neck lift procedure. Therefore, if a neck lift patient applies ice to the surgical site, this individual risks skin damage.
In the event that a neck lift patient experiences pain or other issues during the recovery cycle, reach out to Dr. Azizzadeh immediately. That way, a patient can consult with Dr. Azizzadeh to address any neck lift recovery issues before they impact the facial appearance.
How Long Does It Take to Recover from a Neck Lift?
Neck lift recovery typically takes about two to four weeks. Following a neck lift, a patient sometimes experiences swelling and bruising that lasts for about a few weeks. In addition, it may take up to six months before a patient’s neck lift incision disappears.
What Does a Patient Need to Do After a Neck Lift?
Dr. Azizzadeh provides detailed instructions to help a patient protect the neck and face after neck lift surgery. He recommends a patient wear a special garment that simultaneously helps compress the neck and limit swelling. Dr. Azizzadeh also recommends a patient keep the head elevated and avoid bending and twisting the neck.
In the first few months after a neck lift, a patient should typically protect the face and neck skin from the sun as much as possible. A patient should also handle any surgical incisions with care and avoid clothing that needs to be pulled over the head at this time.
How Long Will the Results of a Neck Lift Last?
Most patients enjoy neck lift surgery results that last 10 to 15 years. The overall results of neck lift surgery depend on how a patient’s skin ages and how well this individual cares for the skin. Also, the natural aging process affects how long the results of a neck lift last.
Will Scarring Occur During Neck Lift Recovery?
Neck lift patients sometimes experience scarring during the recovery process. But neck lift scars are usually difficult to see, as they are hidden in natural skin creases or by hair. In some cases, neck lift patients apply makeup to hide scars in the initial days and months after surgery.
How Does Dr. Azizzadeh Help Patients During Neck Lift Recovery?
Neck lift recovery sometimes seems complex, particularly for a patient who wants to achieve the full results of treatment as quickly as possible. Thanks to Dr. Azizzadeh, a neck lift patient can enjoy a seamless recovery process and accomplish the desired results of treatment.
Dr. Azizzadeh is available to patients throughout the neck lift recovery process. If a patient has concerns or questions at any point during neck lift recovery, reach out to Dr. Azizzadeh, and he is happy to respond to them right away.
For those who want to ensure neck lift recovery stays on track, Dr. Azizzadeh provides support. Dr. Azizzadeh requests follow-up appointments with patients during neck lift recovery. These appointments allow Dr. Azizzadeh to check in with a patient and assess the appearance of the neck and face. They also give a patient the opportunity to share neck lift recovery concerns and questions with Dr. Azizzadeh.
Schedule a Neck Lift Surgery Consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh
Individuals who want to revitalize the facial appearance sometimes consider neck lift surgery or other facial rejuvenation treatments. Deciding if one or more of these treatments is the right option can be challenging, but Dr. Azizzadeh can help.
By meeting with Dr. Azizzadeh, an individual can learn about neck lift surgery and other facial rejuvenation procedures, then determine if one or more of these treatments can be used to enhance the facial appearance. To schedule a facial rejuvenation treatment consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, please contact us online or call us today at 310-657-2203.