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Need truth. Recovery time for lower f/l and neck lift?

PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:34 pm
by hazel50
I need an honest answer from anyone who has had these combined procedures done. How much time before you could see friends or family and they wouldn't notice any signs of surgery (except for looking better : )? It is so hard to get an honest answer from the Plastic surgeon or his office. I know they minimize it otherwise many people wouldn't do it.

Re: Need truth. Recovery time for lower f/l and neck lift?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:11 pm
by HHkins
I have not had a facelift, but I have had a neck lift minus the skin lift (with the skin lift it is basically a lower face lift).

I can tell you, in my opinion after having gone through a similar, but slightly less invasive surgery, that you should expect to potentially look weird up to three months.

I think, if you have zero complications, that after one month you can go out in public and most people will have no idea you had surgery unless you move your hair aside or point out your scarring/swelling specifically. The scarring will be healing and you can cover up any remaining redness or bruises with makeup pretty successfully, but you will still have a few and your scars will be red at that point. You will probably still have a little bit of swelling under the chin or around your ears, but if everything has gone well it will be slightly puffy, not giant.

At two months you will probably feel totally great and only have some continued scar redness that you can treat with scar gel/silicone sheets and possibly a tiny point of pain in one or two areas that are still healing., but your swelling should be all gone.

At three months expect to feel great and fully recovered and from that point on your scars will become very small and not noticeable in the coming months and years.

Do not expect to look and feel fine after two weeks; you will not.

I hope that helps!

remember that with complications like scar tissue, tightness, hematomas, etc. your healing time will be increased. You need to talk to your doctor about the risks and potential complications because many surgeries do not go 100% smoothly and you can end up with some small issues (complications) afterwards. A few people on this board can tell about ours if you like. Ask your dr. what you can do to prevent the chances of a complication and do everything exactly as he says. Very important.

Re: Need truth. Recovery time for lower f/l and neck lift?

PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:59 am
by dangerouscurves
I have had the full thing.
Honestly everyone heals differently. The face does heal quickly.
I am assuming you have researched a reputable doctor and have seen his work. Skill level is important for your recovery. With a qualified skilled doctor you should start to heal immediately.
Swelling is greatest at 3-4 days then it starts to subside along w the bruising. Carefully follow your doctors post op care. I was ready to go out in 10 day, with some makeup on. Behind the ears take time and into hairline. You need to be patient.
So I would say based on my experience a good 3 weeks. Stay out of the mirror. We tend to see things that aren't there. I love mine and I am 2 yrs out w wonderful results.
Best
Dc

Re: Need truth. Recovery time for lower f/l and neck lift?

PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 7:22 pm
by giveitmybest
I think one of the reasons the doctors don't tell you is because we are all different. I also felt I could safely go out in 10 days but I had zero bruising by then. My friend had as over on day 3 while I did not leave my bed except to go to the bathroom and did not want visitors.

But, if you really want to stay in hiding I would say 3 weeks is good.

Re: Need truth. Recovery time for lower f/l and neck lift?

PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 7:43 am
by hazel50
Question for HHkins: How could they not lift the skin when doing that procedure? Supposedly mine isn't a full neck lift because he isn't pulling the whole neck back. My incision will be behind my ears for the neck lift and in front of my ears for the jowl line. Did you have lipo with yours? Sorry for all the questions but I'm trying to guage recovery time by comparing your procedure with my planned procedure. Thanks so much for responding to my previous post.

Re: Need truth. Recovery time for lower f/l and neck lift?

PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 1:46 pm
by yagapova
It depends what you mean by recovery time. One thing is when it's not visible anymore, no bruising, swelling, etc, the other thing is how you feel. I was out of the house on 5 th day, and no one noticed, as I had no bruising. Mine was though a full face and neck lifet, not just lower.

I went to party 2 weeks later where I knew everyone, and no one noticed anything. No one knew I had this surgery. One girl only told me that I look great. I visited my daughter across the country one month after, and she repeated several times how great I look, but that's all.

Now, it was a completely different story with how I felt. And I felt bad for a long time. Very gradually this feeling of pressure and great discomfort went away. But for me it was almost 9 months. When I see posts here that people go to work in 10 days, I m just shocked how lucky some people are not to go through what I went with my surgery.
I couldn't excersize for 3 months at all. I remember I went part time to work after 2 months, and was glad I didn't have to stay all day working. I needed lots of rest for at least 4 months. But again, that's my story, some people didn't haven't that hard as me

Re: Need truth. Recovery time for lower f/l and neck lift?

PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:18 pm
by hazel50
Hello,
When I say recovery time I mean out in public seeing familiar faces and they don't notice anything wrong. It's pretty amazing that you had so much done and were out after a couple of weeks without anyone noticing. I hope I'm that lucky. I'm having whats called an extended weekend lift where it is the jowls and the neck with incisions in front and behind the ears. I'm quite worried about going in public after two weeks as other posters haven't been quite as fortunate. Thanks so much for replying to my post!
Best,
Hazel

Re: Need truth. Recovery time for lower f/l and neck lift?

PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:54 pm
by HHkins
Hi hazel.

I had a platysmaplasty with lipectomy (fat removal). The dr. did not actually pull my skin up because the skin did not need tightening.

Re: Need truth. Recovery time for lower f/l and neck lift?

PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 5:52 am
by hazel50
Thanks for the replies. It seems as though while recovery time varies, most are pleased with final results!

Re: Need truth. Recovery time for lower f/l and neck lift?

PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:57 pm
by punkinhat
hazel50 wrote:Thanks for the replies. It seems as though while recovery time varies, most are pleased with final results!


How did things come out for you ? It would be great to get an update, even though it's been awhile.

PS Agree with others, everyone is different in healing time. I was going out a few days post op and didnt look freakish, just a bit swollen, but I'm a good healer and did a lot of prep ahead of time and during nutrition wise and every other way. One's general state of health, age, smoking / drinking etc lifestyle habits play a big role too in how you heal.

Re: Need truth. Recovery time for lower f/l and neck lift?

PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 12:08 am
by bonzim12
I had a facelift, blephroplasty, fat injections, and neck lift. I am now 1 month post op and I still do not feel good nor look good. I can cover some bruising that still exists with makeup, but not much can be done with the swelling I still have. I think I will need at least another month.

Re: Need truth. Recovery time for lower f/l and neck lift?

PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 5:25 pm
by Snapjuneberry
Five weeks ago had neck lift with platysmaplasty. Rough going for four weeks. Still have redness around the neck that can be covered with makeup. Tightness is still uncomfortable and swelling is finally minimally noticeable. Had to have kenalog steroid injections to lessen swelling at three weeks. It's like when you get novacaine at dentist and feel like your lip is huge but when you look in the mirror it's not that bad now. Love the results but my career is client facing so this timeframe has been hard to manage. 2 weeks is not possible in my opinion.

Re: Need truth. Recovery time for lower f/l and neck lift?

PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:40 pm
by LKma24131001
I am at 17 days after a MACS lift. My doctor had done fat transfer last year and it tuned out great. I too bought into the "you'll be ready to go back to work by 2 weeks". I was no where near ready at 2 weeks. While my ears are healing well and I'm in no pain but I am very worried about a ridge on the lower left side of my face and a rounded lump on the right side. I still do have swelling on both sides (more on the left). Did anyone else have these ridges or lumps? I have to go back to work on Monday and these things are very noticeable. My doctor assures me it will go down once the swelling goes down. Any suggestions to help the healing process? Does Bromelain work?

Re: Need truth. Recovery time for lower f/l and neck lift?

PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:12 am
by mixedasiandude
I remember it took my bf's mom a couple of month to recover, not fully of course. after year and a half she looked quite pretty.