Tips for Recovering from a Neck Lift
If you have lost definition around your jaw or neck or have crepe-like, loose skin that is accumulating in folds, you may be feeling self-conscious about the effects that these have on your appearance. After all, neck wrinkles and sagging are predominantly linked to older people, and these features could be causing you to more aged than you really are. Fortunately, a neck lift procedure can change all that. This cosmetic surgery is designed to improve the visible signs of aging affecting the jawline and neck, smoothing, and tightening the skin so that the area appears more youthful. However, like other cosmetic surgery procedures, a neck lift is an invasive process and does come with several weeks of downtime while you recover and heal.
To help you to get back to normal as soon as possible, here are our top tips for recovering from a neck lift.
Take your medications as directed
We understand that many patients may not like taking pain medications. Nevertheless, a neck lift is an invasive procedure and it is normal to experience swelling and discomfort after – particularly in the days and early weeks following your surgery. However, it’s important that you take your medication as directed as this will prevent you from suffering unnecessarily – something which has been shown to slow down the rate of healing.
Get plenty of rest
The body does most of its healing when we are asleep and resting. Therefore, it’s crucial that you spend enough time sleeping or at least relaxing after your surgery. Make up your room with the creature comforts that you need, such as extra pillows, fresh bedding, a new book, or some DVDs or magazines. Don’t be afraid to ask for help with activities such as cooking, cleaning, and, if appropriate, looking after your children too.
Take sufficient time off of work
One of the biggest mistakes made by many neck lift patients is failing to take enough time off of work to recover. As we know, healing takes time and requires patience. This means that you can’t be running back into the office or doing any other job for some time. Most patients will need to take between one and two weeks off, which gives their bodies adequate opportunity to rest and heal. Your surgeon may be able to give you a more specific timeframe based on your requirements. If your employer is being tricky, your surgeon can also provide a letter stating that you must have time off following your procedure.
Eat healthily and drink plenty of water
Your body can only heal itself efficiently if it has the tools to do so. This includes the right combination of vitamins and minerals to function properly. Your surgeon will strongly advise you to avoid fast food as much as possible after your neck lift. Instead, stick to a healthy, balanced diet that is packed with the nutrition needed to expedite the healing process. You should also drink plenty of water, which will keep your body hydrated and allow for optimal function of all body systems.
Follow the instructions of your surgeon
When you are discharged home after your neck lift, you will be given a precise set of instructions to follow regarding your care away from the clinic. This will include important information about looking after your wounds and changing your bandages, taking medication, and giving you advice about which activities you should avoid. It is imperative that you heed these instructions as much as possible as doing so will minimize your risk of developing complications or having a poor outcome from your procedure.
Want more tips for recovering from a neck lift? Don’t hesitate to contact our friendly cosmetic surgery team.