Neck Lift (Lower Rhytidectomy) Recovery

Neck Lift (Lower Rhytidectomy) Recovery

Posted on May 4, 2017

Neck Lift (Lower Rhytidectomy) Recovery | Orlando Plastic SurgeryA neck lift is a significantly invasive cosmetic surgery procedure, which will involve a specific post-operative recovery process. At the time of initial consultation, the surgeon will advise detailed instructions for a safe recovery, and may review the instruction once again before the patient leaves for home after the neck lift surgery.
The patient should have clear information about the estimated downtime involved following neck lift. This will enable them to make recovery and aftercare arrangements at home in advance, and apply for leave from their workplace. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Fiala provides neck lift and various other procedures to patients in Orlando, Altamonte Springs, FL, and surrounding communities.

Estimated Downtime

Following neck lift aesthetic surgery, most patients will go through a downtime of about one week. The patient should ideally complete any pressing household or work-related tasks well before the surgery in order to have a stress-free recovery at home.
In the first week, the patient is likely to experience mild pain and soreness in the incision areas, which can be managed with prescription pain medications.  

Maintaining Blood Flow

The surgeon will encourage the patient to perform short walks and light activities at home from the second day of the surgery. This will help to promote blood flow and expedite healing. The patient should wear loose clothes that button up the front in the first few days.
Lifting of heavy objects and vigorous exercises should be avoided in order to minimize strain on the incisions. Most patients can resume their normal routine from the second week.

Minimizing Infection Risks

Mild swelling and bruising will occur after the neck lift procedure, but it will start subsiding in a few days. However, if the patient suffers from severe or persistent pain in the incision sites, abnormal swelling, fever, or presence of pus in the incisions, they should promptly contact the surgeon.
To minimize the risk of post-op infections, the patient should avoid contamination exposure in the incision areas. Submerging the incision site in water should be avoided in the first week.

Post-Op Scarring  

Pain and discomfort in the incision sites, and mild bruising and swelling are temporary side effects that a patient is likely to experience immediately after a neck lift. Some degree of scarring is inevitable, but the scars will progressively become thinner and fade away over time to appear as thin, white lines.
A skilled surgeon will try to make the incisions within natural neck creases or other inconspicuous locations to keep the scars discreet. Sagacious and stellar cosmetic surgeon Dr. Fiala receives patients from Orlando, Altamonte Springs, FL, and other areas in this region of The Sunshine State for a neck lift.


Improvement in the neck appearance will be noticeable immediately once the post-surgical bandages are removed. Clear results will, however, be established gradually over several months as the swelling gets completely resolved. Most patients will be able to see full results in about six months. The patient will have a firmer and tighter neck and a more defined jaw line, which may last for at least five to 10 years or even more.

For more information of the treatments and procedures offered at this Plastic Surgery Center & Orlando Medical Spa by Dr. Thomas Fiala please contact us at (407) 339-3222 or visit ; ;


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