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What can I expect in terms of recovery time from a neck lift?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Neck lift recovery will take  at least 4-5 weeks. Swelling resolves gradually over the next month. Expect a minimal amount of ecchymosis and edema. Severe pain may be associated with a bleeding hematoma. A hematoma must be explored immediately and hemostasis obtained. A drain may also be placed for 72 hours. Some plastic surgeons will use a light steroid taper and antibiotics for a week.

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