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Just Had Your Neck Lift Surgery?

This page contains all of your post-surgery instructions. Conveniently located in Jacksonville, Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery, led by double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Phillip Garcia, offers neck lift surgery for men and women residing in Ponte Vedra Beach, Orange Park, Lakeside and nearby areas in North Florida.

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The recovery process is a critical stage in the neck lift procedure. It’s important to take the necessary precautions to allow your body to heal properly in the weeks following the surgery. This may involve getting plenty of rest and carefully adhering to the post-operative instructions provided by Dr. Garcia, such as taking medication and avoiding certain activities. If you want to learn more about what to expect during the neck lift recovery process, read on for further information.

Neck Lift in Jacksonville, FL

“I have had so many compliments. People are just blown away by how natural everything looks.” – JoAnne

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What is Recovery from a Neck Lift Like?

Following a neck lift surgery, patients should anticipate taking some time off work and other activities, generally around 1-2 weeks. During this period, it’s important to rest as much as possible to facilitate the healing process. Patients should also expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the treated area, and Dr. Garcia will typically prescribe pain medication to help manage any pain or discomfort.
It’s important to observe certain restrictions following a neck lift procedure. Typically, patients will be advised to avoid any strenuous activities for a period of 4-6 weeks, including exercise and lifting heavy objects. While patients may see some visible results within a few weeks, it can take several weeks or even a few months after the bruising and swelling have subsided for the final results to become fully apparent.

How Soon After My Neck Lift Will My Before and After Photo Be Taken?

We will take your neck lift before and after pictures three months after the neck lift surgery. The neck lift photo is an important part of your follow-up visit to Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery. At that time, the neck lift before and after photographs will be analyzed by Dr. Garcia and the patient.

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A Post Surgery Message From Dr Garcia

Dr. Garcia reminds patients that the recovery process is the most important phase in the neck lift journey. At this point, the final neck lift results are entirely dependent on the patient. We’re here to help you through the recovery process in any way we can, so don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions along the way.

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Neck Lift in Jacksonville, FL
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Frequently Asked Neck Lift Post-Surgical Questions


  • How long does it take to recover from a neck lift?

    The recovery timeline after a neck lift procedure can vary depending on several factors, including the patient’s overall health, the extent of the procedure, and the technique used. Generally, however, patients can expect to make a full recovery in 4 to 6 weeks. Here is a typical timeline for neck lift recovery:

    • Immediately after the procedure:
      • Patients will see some improvement in the appearance of their neck immediately after the procedure, although the area will be swollen and bruised. We may apply a dressing to the neck to assist with recovery.
    • Week 1:
      • During the first week after the procedure, patients will experience most of their swelling and bruising. They may also have some discomfort and tightness in the neck area. Patients can manage discomfort with pain medication, and should sleep with the head in an elevated position to help reduce swelling. If a dressing was used, it’ll be removed a few days after surgery. Sutures will be trimmed or removed at the end of the first week.
    • Week 2:
      • By the second week, swelling and bruising should begin to subside, and patients may feel more comfortable. Many patients begin returning to work by the end of the second week. However, they may still have some residual swelling and bruising.
    • Week 3:
      • By the third week, most patients are able to fully return to work and other normal activities. Some restrictions will still apply, such as refraining from heavy lifting and strenuous activities.
    • Months 1-2:
      • Swelling and bruising should continue to improve, and patients may notice their neck contour becoming more defined. During this time, patients will ease back into all of their normal activities as their results become increasingly visible.
    • Month 3 and beyond:
      • After 3 months, most patients should see significant improvement in their neck appearance. Swelling and bruising should be nearly fully subsided, but minor residual swelling may continue for up to a year.
  • Is there pain after a neck lift?

    While the neck lift procedure is not painful at all, patients should expect some pain during the neck lift recovery. It is during this period where the body is healing and feels the trauma of the surgical process. Fortunately, this pain should only last a few days, and can be managed with pain medications and other post-operative techniques.

  • How long does a neck lift last?

    A neck lift can provide long-lasting results for several years, but its duration depends on different factors such as the patient’s age, skin quality, and overall health. Typically, younger patients with good skin elasticity and overall health can expect the results to last longer than others, with a duration of around 5-10 years or even longer.
    However, due to the effects of aging, the neck may sag again over time, and patients may require touch-up procedures to maintain their desired results. It’s important to note that a neck lift does not stop the aging process, but it does help improve the appearance of the neck, restoring a more youthful look.