What to Avoid After a Face and Neck Lift

Sagging skin and excess fat in the face and neck can lower a person’s confidence in his or her look. To achieve a youthful look and make the signs of aging less evident, you can have a face and neck lift. A face and neck lift elevates the skin and helps to reposition the fat that is below the skin.

An improperly done procedure for a facelift can result in complications like nerve injury or excess bleeding. It is, therefore, safe to ensure that you consult a qualified plastic surgeon who is board-certified. Norman J. Pastorek, MD PC, FACS has performed many successful face and neck lifts and can help you to achieve a pleasing, youthful look.

What Skin Changes Can a Face and Neck Lift Correct?

  • Sagging cheeks
  • Excess fat in the neck
  • Sagging skin in the neck
  • Folds from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth
  • Superficial wrinkles
  • Damage from the sunlight

What Are the Possible Complications of a Face and Neck Lift?

  • Formation of hematomas under the skin is a common complication within the first 24 hours
  • Nerve damage is a rare, temporary complication that presents with reduced sensation and uneven look
  • Temporary or permanent hair loss at the incision site
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Pain
  • Scarring at the incision site
  • Complications of anesthesia

You should see a doctor if you develop the following symptoms:

  • Severe pain during the first 24 hours after the procedure
  • Chest pain
  • A heartbeat that is irregular
  • Shortness of breath

How Do You Prepare for a Face and Neck Lift Procedure?

The plastic surgeon will take your medical history and do a physical examination of your skin. The doctor does laboratory tests like blood pressure measurement, blood sugar, and a full hemogram to check for infections or clotting abnormalities.

Blood-thinning medications should be discontinued before surgery and one should fast for 6 hours before the procedure to avoid aspiration pneumonia. The skin and hair should be clean. It is also important to take time off from work and other responsibilities to allow for recovery.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Face and Neck Lift?

  • A person who is between 40 and 70 years
  • Someone who is not a heavy smoker because smoking delays wound healing
  • A person who is in good health
  • Someone who does not have underlying chronic conditions like diabetes
  • A person with sagging skin or excess fat on the face or neck
  • Someone who can take good care of their skin
  • Someone who has reasonable expectations of the outcome of the procedure
  • A person who is bothered by the appearance of their face or neck

What Should You Avoid After a Face and Neck Lift?

  • Avoid the use of makeup
  • Avoid exposure to direct sunlight
  • Avoid using bleaching agents
  • Do not remove crusts from the wound
  • Avoid vigorous movements of your face or neck
  • Do not smoke


A face and neck lift can help to boost confidence in your appearance. It is important to consult a qualified plastic surgeon for good outcomes of the procedure.

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