Recovery is an important step in ensuring a successful surgery 

Neck lift recovery is an important step in ensuring Charlotte, NC patients get the best results possible from their procedure. Following doctor’s orders carefully is one way patients can control the results of their surgery. Below, you’ll learn how long recovery takes and things to consider before undergoing neck lift surgery.  

People undergo neck lift surgery to correct signs of aging  

As people age, they often begin to develop problem areas where signs of aging are very prominent. This can cause people to feel self conscious about their appearance and even prevent people from doing everything they want to do.  

Neck lift surgery offers a way for patients who have signs of aging on their neck and lower face to eliminate those problems. Neck lift surgery can help treat a variety of issues such as jowls that form due to fat settling or extra fat in the neck. The procedure also helps remove wrinkles on the neck and can even treat sagging necks.   

The incision is made along the contours of the ear 

The surgeon will often make an incision along the curves of the ear, then extend that incision down around the earlobe and into the hairline. They then go in and remove or alter weakened neck muscles and pull the skin to lift and tighten the skin on the neck. The surgeon will also remove any extra skin if necessary. 

Neck lift recovery can take many weeks 

Neck lift recovery will vary for each patient. However, it is not something to take lightly and should be planned for prior to surgery. The surgeon should review neck lift recovery information before your surgery, so you know what to expect and can plan accordingly.  

 Following surgery patients will experience swelling and bruising. The doctor will bandage the area which will help with the swelling. The doctor will go over how you should clean the area and if necessary change the dressing until it can be removed. Most patients begin to feel confident enough to return to work and activities about ten to 14 days after surgery. However, it does take about six weeks for everything to heal fully.  

 Since patients will need to stay in and rest for about two weeks after surgery, it is important to plan for time off work and help at home. Having someone to assist in the first week or so after surgery is a good idea as they can help if you have any issues. You should also consider time off work and how that will impact your budget. 

Charlotte’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon 

Charlotte, NC residents considering neck lift surgery should contact Dr. Sean Freeman. Dr. Freeman is the area’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon and prides himself on giving patients the best results possible. Contact his office to learn about the procedure, neck lift recovery, and more.