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How painful is a lower face lift and neck lift?

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Dr. Francisco Agullo
Surgery - Plastics
7 doctors agree

In brief: Almost no pain

Most facelift and neck lift patients do not complain of pain.
The most common complaint is swelling, bruising, and tightness.

In brief: Almost no pain

Most facelift and neck lift patients do not complain of pain.
The most common complaint is swelling, bruising, and tightness.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
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Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: Not very

Pain is usually minimal for lower facelift and neck lift.
That is because the surgery mainly moves around skin and soft tissue and is not invasive into deep structures.

In brief: Not very

Pain is usually minimal for lower facelift and neck lift.
That is because the surgery mainly moves around skin and soft tissue and is not invasive into deep structures.
Dr. David Sherris
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Dr. Larry Nichter
Cosmetic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Facelift Discomfort

Most facelifts patients experience mild to moderate discomfort easily managed by pain pills if required.
The reason for this is that most of the surgical areas are numb initially and when the sensation returns you are already healed. The most common complaints are initial tightness, and swelling.

In brief: Facelift Discomfort

Most facelifts patients experience mild to moderate discomfort easily managed by pain pills if required.
The reason for this is that most of the surgical areas are numb initially and when the sensation returns you are already healed. The most common complaints are initial tightness, and swelling.
Dr. Larry Nichter
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Dr. Stephen Weber
Facial Plastic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Mild to moderate

Most patients are pleasantly surprised how little pain they have after a facelift.
Pain is a warning sign of a fluid collection under the skin which is uncommon. Therefore, most patients experience very little pain.

In brief: Mild to moderate

Most patients are pleasantly surprised how little pain they have after a facelift.
Pain is a warning sign of a fluid collection under the skin which is uncommon. Therefore, most patients experience very little pain.
Dr. Stephen Weber
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Dr. Anthony Sclafani
Facial Plastic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Mild discomfort

After face and neck lift, most patients complain of a soreness and stiffness of their necks.
The face is generally not painful, but instead variable numbness is present for 2- 8 weeks or longer. If properly performed, a facelift is an excellent way to rejuvenate the face. Discuss your goals with a board certified facial plastic or plastic surgeon.

In brief: Mild discomfort

After face and neck lift, most patients complain of a soreness and stiffness of their necks.
The face is generally not painful, but instead variable numbness is present for 2- 8 weeks or longer. If properly performed, a facelift is an excellent way to rejuvenate the face. Discuss your goals with a board certified facial plastic or plastic surgeon.
Dr. Anthony Sclafani
Dr. Anthony Sclafani
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Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Face and necklift

Pain after surgery is a variable experience.
Be sure to follow your surgeon's postop instructions.

In brief: Face and necklift

Pain after surgery is a variable experience.
Be sure to follow your surgeon's postop instructions.
Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Dr. Matthew Schulman
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Minimal pain

Face and neck lifts are generally painless.
Pain is a sign that something may be wrong. You will mostly feel swollen and some stiffness.

In brief: Minimal pain

Face and neck lifts are generally painless.
Pain is a sign that something may be wrong. You will mostly feel swollen and some stiffness.
Dr. Matthew Schulman
Dr. Matthew Schulman
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Dr. Thomas Fiala
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not very!

Barring complications, most of my patients are pleasantly surprised how non-painful the recovery from a facelift or necklift actually is.
Usually bruising is minimal, as well. Significant pain is usually a sign of a complication, like a hematoma (bleeding) or infection - and should be investigated.

In brief: Not very!

Barring complications, most of my patients are pleasantly surprised how non-painful the recovery from a facelift or necklift actually is.
Usually bruising is minimal, as well. Significant pain is usually a sign of a complication, like a hematoma (bleeding) or infection - and should be investigated.
Dr. Thomas Fiala
Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Dr. Richard Zienowicz
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Very little

Surprisingly face lift which includes full neck lifting is a relatively painless procedure.
There are no heavy narcotics given and those analgesics given are generally only for the first several days.

In brief: Very little

Surprisingly face lift which includes full neck lifting is a relatively painless procedure.
There are no heavy narcotics given and those analgesics given are generally only for the first several days.
Dr. Richard Zienowicz
Dr. Richard Zienowicz
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Dr. Barry Cohen
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Most of my

Patients require pain meds less than 3 days! minimally painful.

In brief: Most of my

Patients require pain meds less than 3 days! minimally painful.
Dr. Barry Cohen
Dr. Barry Cohen
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