After a neck lift, expect a little discomfort and tightness in the first week but the pain medication should help ease this. There may be some swelling, bruising, numbness and tingling but this is seldom severe. Use a cold compress to reduce swelling.

You should be able to return to normal activities within 2 – 3 weeks.

Avoid strenuous activities including heavy housework and exercise for at least 2 weeks. Avoid alcohol and smoking and minimise sun exposure. Avoid hair dryers and hair products with strong chemicals. Don’t use saunas, steam baths or spa baths while recovering.