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Do neck lifts hurt?

I want to get a neck lift. I am afraid. Do neck lifts hurt?

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Most patients have minimal discomfort from facelift/necklift and are off pain medication within 5 days.
When a proper facelift is performed, the patients usually complain being numb. This because the neck skin is lifted off the muscles and nerve innervation is interrupted. Pressure points where the key anchoring sutures are placed can be perceived as pain. This may last 3-5 days.
Dear, Thank you for your interest in the Belgian Beauty Clinic. Since neck lift is a surgery there is a possibility you feel some pain after. We prescribe the necessary medication to take after you had your surgery. The level of pain depends from person to person. Some feel absolutely nothing, some feel more pain. To give you the best possible advice we recommend you book an appointment for a consultation at our clinic in Diest, Willebroek, or Blankenberge. The fee for the consultation is 50. For patients from abroad, you can opt for a next-day surgery (only available for certain types of procedures). Please ask us for more information if you're interested in an NDS. During your consultation, the plastic surgeon will give further information about the operation, aftercare, and possible complications.
While any surgery has post-operative discomfort, your necklift should not hurt during the procedure itself. If done under general anesthesia, you are fully asleep, and you should feel nothing during your necklift as you would be unconscious. Many will perform facelifts and necklifts under conscious sedation combined with local anesthesia, but even then, when appropriately anesthetized, you should not feel sharp or burning pain. While done under local with monitored anesthesia care (MAC), you might sense movement of your head side-to-side as your surgeon adjusts you during the procedure, and you might feel pressure or pulling of instrumentation or sutures, but it should not hurt. Postoperatively from ANY surgery, you should not expect zero pain. However, your pain is usually very well-managed after necklift surgery with over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) in combination with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, such as Ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve, or Advil). It is not my practice to prescribe oral narcotic pain medication, as I do not find it necessary, but many surgeons may prescribe you a short course of a mild narcotic such as Norco (hydrocodone-acetaminophen) or Percocet (oxycodone-acetaminophen). However your postop pain is managed, you generally do not require much more than over-the-counter agents after the first 1-2 weeks following your necklift. Hopefully this information reassures you regarding procedural pain (it should be none!) and postoperative pain (typically very well managed, even without use of narcotics, which can be addictive and constipating). Nirav B. Patel, MD, JD, FACS, FCLM Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Plastic, Reconstructive, Aesthetic, & Oculoplastic Surgery Patel Plastic Surgery, LLC 1519 Johnson Ferry Road Suite 250 East Cobb, GA 30062 Office 470-395-6932 Fax 470-395-6951
Generally no. The first week most patients experience tightness and feeling sore. Most do not complain of severe pain.
Hello! Neck lifts are done in the OR under general anesthesia. There's minimal pain, but you are well monitored during your recovery and provided the best medication possible for minimal discomfort!
Neck lifts have minimal to no pain. You will have some swelling and bruising of your neck after the surgery which usually resolves within 1-2 weeks. If you work from home and don't need to be on camera, you can even get back to work the next day.
A neck lift can be uncomfortable, but it’s not usually significantly painful. The difficulty in managing the discomfort is because there are bandages that need to stay in place for several days after the procedure.