Recovering from neck lift surgery

26 June 2020

Photo of a woman's neck and shouldersIt's unfortunate, but none of us can naturally hold onto our youthful appearance - the aging process most certainly catches up with us all. Though fortunately, the skilled expertise of a board certified cosmetic surgeon can help turn back time in the form of many different cosmetic surgery procedures, each targeting a specific part of the face or body. One such procedure is neck lift surgery, but what can you expect from a neck lift procedure? Let's take a look at what's in store when it comes to neck lift surgery and find out what you can expect during the recovery process.

What is neck lift surgery?

The neck is an area that is prone to showing signs of aging, especially in the form of sagging skin and vertical bands, commonly referred as “turkey neck”. A neck lift procedure aims to improve the appearance of the neck area and can help achieve a more smooth and youthful look. The procedure involves the removal of excess fat and sagging skin, helping to banish jowls and instead leave a younger and more defined looking neck and jawline. Fat deposits can also be removed beneath the chin during surgery so that more natural contours can be created. A neck lift procedure is often performed alongside a facelift as they tend to compliment each other very well.

What happens during neck lift surgery?

Neck lift surgery is commonly performed under general anesthesia and involves a small incision being made behind each ear and underneath the chin or along the hairline. This allows your surgeon to gain access to the problem areas. The jowls and neck tends to store a lot of excess fat and sagging skin, so this will be sculpted or removed as part of the process towards to creating the more defined appearance. Once your cosmetic surgeon is satisfied with how things look, the incisions will be carefully closed using sutures to leave minimal scarring.

The neck lift recovery process

Following your neck lift surgery it's very likely you'll experience some swelling and bruising in the area as it begins to heal. You may be asked to wear a compression garment to apply light pressure to the area and to keep your neck in place as this can work towards reducing the swelling that occurs. Your cosmetic surgeon will also provide you with a list of specific instructions to following related to the following things:

  • How to best care for the neck area following neck lift surgery

  • A list of medications to apply topically or orally that can assist with the speed of recovery and reduce any risk of infection

  • Any potential issues you should keep a close eye out for

  • The date of a follow-up visit to your plastic surgeon to assess the recovery

The procedure and recovery process will of course be discussed in great detail with you during your consultation, as this helps to ensure that you know exactly what to expect and so that you can make an informed decision as to whether neck lift surgery is the correct procedure for you.

For the vast majority of people, recovery is very straight-forward and usually only requires around a week of total rest following the surgery, with general activities often resumed in just a few weeks. Sleeping may be uncomfortable at first, as you may need to ensure your head is kept straight and elevated as best as you possibly can, while avoiding bending or turning your neck too much.

The results of neck lift surgery

It usually takes several weeks or even months for the swelling and bruising around the neck area to fully subside and for you fully appreciate the results of your neck lift. Aftercare is vital throughout this time so that incision scars can heal correctly and for your results to reach their maximum potential. The results that can be achieved through neck lift surgery really can help turn back time and help you both feel and look far more confident with your appearance.

If you're keen to discuss neck lift surgery or any of the other cosmetic surgery or non-surgical aesthetic procedures that are offered here at Harley Street Aesthetics, don't hesitate to get in touch to book in your initial consultation. You can make contact by calling 0845 519 7232, e-mailing or by completing the online contact form.


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