After this, you will be taken to your room or comfortable area where you can rest and recuperate until we feel you’re ready to go home.
If you’ve been under a general anaesthetic you’ll need to stay in hospital for a night or two.
You will probably experience some pain, swelling and bruising immediately after the operation. This is normal and your symptoms will start to improve over the next few weeks.
We will provide you with a supply of all the medicines your consultant feels you need to take home with you after you've left hospital, up to 14 days. This may be at an additional cost to some patients.
At home you can apply regular ice packs to the affected area to help with swelling. Suffering from pain could slow down your recovery, so please discuss any discomfort with your doctors or nurses
When you get home you’ll need to take things easy at first and it's a good idea to spend the first few days in bed so you can avoid moving your neck too much.
Make sure you wear loose comfortable clothing and avoid anything that needs to be pulled down over your head.
Arrange two weeks off work and you'll gradually be able to return to normal activity within four to six weeks.
The full benefits of your neck lift will take around three to six months to be fully visible.
How your loved ones can help
Once you’re ready to be discharged from hospital, you’ll need to arrange a taxi, friend or family member to take you home as you won’t be able to drive. For the first week or two you should also ask them if they can run some light errands, such as shopping and cleaning, as you won’t feel up to it at first.
Looking after you
Even after you’ve left hospital, we’re still looking after you every step of the way. We will arrange a date for your next appointment to see how you're doing before you leave the hospital.
As with any medical procedure, complications can occur after a neck lift but most people are unaffected. Possible complications include bleeding and infection. Your consultant will talk to you about the risks and benefits of this procedure so please ask how they apply to you. You will also be given a contact number for the hospital to call.
If you have any questions or concerns we’re ready to help.