What can I expect after having had a neck lift done?
Prior to your surgery, you will receive an email from us with all the instructions concerning your aftercare. Once your treatment has been completed, you will remain in the clinic for a few hours.
You may go home as soon as the doctor or anaesthetist has given their approval. Your levels of consciousness, breathing and blood pressure will need to be stable. You must also have had something to eat and drink. Furthermore, you must be able to sit and walk and you must have urinated, too.
You must not forget that you have just had medical surgery, so you will not be feeling very focused and fit. It is advised to go home by car or by taxi, but always accompanied by an adult. Using public transport is discouraged.
You will be expected back at the clinic the following day for a quick check-up. We will check whether everything is going according to plan. We would like to see you back at the clinic on the 3rd or 4th day to remove the drains from behind your ears. Seven days after your facelift, we would like you to come again so that the sutures can be removed. Although many clients don’t look forward to this, it is not an unpleasant procedure. We would also like to see you back after three to six weeks, and then again at three, six and 12 months after your operation date.
We recommend that you take two weeks off from your work or schooling for a neck lift. A third extra week of rest can be beneficial.
You should get plenty of rest after your operation. You may not drink any alcohol for the first week after your operation because of the side effects of the general anaesthetic. You may do sports only after three weeks, and if you feel well enough. Do not go swimming or visit the sauna in the first three weeks. Both smoking and alcohol have a negative effect on the healing process and recovery time – try to abstain from both for a while.