5 Tips for Neck Lift Recovery
While recovery varies by patient, you can ease your comfort during recuperation.
1. Arrange for transportation and help the first day.
You won’t be up for driving home, and a loved one arranging your meals and medications can be a mental relief as well as a physical one. Having company can help distract from your discomfort as well.
2. Prepare your home for recovery.
You won’t feel up to doing much at first, so it’s wise to create a comfortable place to rest before your procedure. This may include stocking your kitchen with soft foods or pre-made meals, filling any prescriptions you’ll require, and making a “nest” on the bed or on your sofa. Keeping restful entertainment, such as books or the TV remote, close by can also help keep you comfortable and occupied.
3. Sleep with your head elevated and follow pain management directions.
This helps minimize swelling and improves blood circulation. Avoid putting pressure on your neck by taking care of how you lie down. Follow Dr. Stein’s instructions about the use of ice packs so as not to risk compromising blood flow to your neck. Ice can help with pain, but do not sleep with an ice pack to preserve the integrity of your skin.
4. Listen to your body and rest when needed.
Your body uses all its energy for healing, so expending too much too soon saps that energy and prolongs your recovery time. Being somewhat mobile helps reduce the risk of clotting, but don’t overdo it. This is also why you should not return to work until you feel ready, which may require up to 2 weeks.
5. Avoid strenuous exercise, steamy showers or baths, and the sun for a few weeks.
You may feel up for light exercises, such as a short walk, but it’s not recommended to resume an exercise routine for at least 2 weeks. Steam from a hot bath or shower can hinder wound healing, as can sun exposure. Taking care of your skin will improve your overall results and how pleased you are with your neck lift overall.