Most procedures are done on an outpatient basis. It’s a good idea to have someone to drive you home. Most patients experience tightness, soreness and pain following surgery. Painkillers are usually prescribed.
Bandage and tape are applied to the incision sites to reduce swelling and discomfort. The head and neck are wrapped in an elastic band. Bruising and swelling may continue for as long as 10 days. Numbness can occur around the incision and elsewhere. Patients should avoid twisting and turning the neck after a neck lift. Your sleeping position may need to be adjusted. It’s important to keep the head elevated while sleeping for the first one to two weeks. Avoid bending over or lifting heavy objects for two weeks following surgery. Avoid alcohol, aspirin and ibuprofen for a week after surgery. Do not participate in contact sports until given clearance by your doctor.