5 Tips for Recovering from a Neck Lift

A graceful, elegant neckline is considered youthful; however, the neck can be the first area that begins to show signs of aging. Some notice that their neck and jawline are starting to age faster than even their face. With jowls, a double chin, or the “turkey neck,” there is only so much you can do to hide. Wearing scarves in the middle of a hot California summer is not exactly fashionable.


Board-certified head and neck surgeon Dr. Sarah Vakkalanka can keep you defying the number of candles on your birthday cake each year through neck lift surgery.

What Is a Neck Lift?

A neck lift does so much more than just correct skin laxity. It can address jowls and tighten platysma muscles extending from the upper chest to the jaw, which can become more prominent with age. Through small incisions near the ear, Dr. Vakkalanka begins by repositioning the underlying tissues of your jawline and neck to smooth away jowls and lower facial drooping. Next, she’ll tighten the weakened platysma muscles, and finally, she removes excess skin to reduce skin laxity. In some cases, liposuction may be necessary to remove any submental fullness (double chin) for a more pleasing, refined neck profile. The result is a sculpting jawline and neck that you’ll be happy to show off.

5 Tips for Neck Lift Recovery

Recovery varies from patient to patient; you can ease your discomfort during recovery by following these tips:


  1. Arrange for Transportation and Assistance on the First Day


After surgery, you won’t be able to drive yourself home, so it’s important that you arrange for a loved one to drive you to and from the hospital and help you with meals and medication at home. Having company can help distract you from any discomfort and ensure that you are safe and comfortable.


  1. Prepare Your Home for Your Recovery


You won’t feel up to doing much the first couple of days, so it’s essential that you create a comfortable place to rest before your procedure. This may include stocking your kitchen with pre-made meals or meals that easy to assemble. You’ll also want to fill any necessary prescriptions and set a schedule for when you should take them. Keep enough entertainment, such as books, movies, or television, close by to help you stay occupied.


  1. Sleep with Your Head Elevated and Follow Aftercare Direction


Sleeping with your head elevated helps to minimize swelling and improves blood circulation. Avoid putting too much pressure on your neck by minding how you lie down. Follow Dr. Vakkalanka’s instructions carefully about the use of ice packs so that you don’t risk compromising blood flow to your neck. Ice can help relieve pain, but do not sleep with an ice pack to help preserve the integrity of your skin.


  1. Listen to Your Body


Your body is going to be using all of its energy to heal, so expending too much on other things can zap that energy and prolong your recovery time. Being mobile does help to reduce the risk of clotting, but don’t overdo it. You shouldn’t return to work until you’re absolutely ready, which may take up to two weeks.


  1. Things to Avoid


You may feel up for some light exercise, such as short walks, but it’s not recommended to resume your exercise routine for at least two weeks. Avoid steaming hot showers as they can hinder healing. It’s also vital that you avoid too much sun exposure. Ensure that you protect your face with clothing or simply stay inside until Dr. Vakkalanka says you’re safe to do otherwise.

Take The Next Step at Allure Anti-Aging and Aesthetics

Ready to learn more about a neck lift? Schedule your personalized consultation with Dr. Vakkalanka at Allure Anti-Aging & Aesthetics in Huntington Beach, CA, by calling (714) 804-5460 or contacting us online. We look forward to meeting you soon!