Deciding to undergo a neck lift procedure can be an exciting step for anyone wishing to regain a more vibrant and youthful appearance. The purpose of a neck lift is to remove loose or sagging skin on the neck or chin, creating a smoother, firmer appearance and a defined jaw line. As with any surgery it’s important to maintain realistic expectations, research the procedure, fully understand what’s involved, and follow your surgeon’s exact instructions in order to achieve the best results.

If you are considering this procedure, schedule a consultation with a reputable and highly experienced plastic surgeon. Your surgeon should explain what you can expect before, during, and after a neck lift procedure and may suggest that you:

  • Avoid medications – Your surgeon will tell you which, if any, of your current medications you should avoid prior to surgery. Certain medication and supplements can thin the blood and lead to increased bleeding.
  • Abstain from nicotine – You must stop using all forms of nicotine at least one month before and after surgery, as nicotine can inhibit the healing process.
  • Schedule an appropriate amount of time off – You may need one week or more to recover from a neck lift procedure before returning to work.
  • Wear loose clothing on the day of your surgery – You should avoid garments that need to be pulled over your head or that have tight neck lines. Wearing a button-down shirt is preferable.

Neck lift surgery often involves one or more invasive procedures (liposuction, cervicoplasty, and platysmaplasty), and you may experience bruising and swelling for 10 days or longer. As a result, your surgeon may suggest preparing your home for recovery with essential supplies, such as pain medication, loose clothing, gauze, and other first aid supplies. You should also be sure that someone can be with you for the first 24 hours after surgery. Keep in mind that the final results of a neck lift may not be noticeable until three to six months after the surgery.

For patients in Tampa, St Petersburg, Clearwater, or surrounding communities seeking a neck lift, award-winning Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Greenwald is the preferred choice. Contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery today at 888-840-3199 to learn more about our neck lift, face lift, or brow lift procedures, or any of our other cosmetic surgery options.