Neck Liposuction Recovery Time

Neck Liposuction Recovery TimeVarious surgical techniques can be used to perform neck liposuction plastic surgery. The process of recovery can differ between two patients depending on the surgical technique employed by the surgeon, the extent of the surgery, and the patient’s inherent healing abilities.

Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery (VIPS), led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides neck liposuction to patients in Richmond, Fredericksburg, Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and surrounding locations.


Estimated Recovery Time

The estimated recovery period is typically a concern for working professionals considering neck lipo. In general, a majority of patients can resume work within one week if the job does not entail excessive physical strain for the initial few days. If the neck liposuction is more extensive, the patient may be able to resume work only after around two weeks.

On completion of the neck liposuction surgery, the cosmetic surgeon will use a compression garment to wrap the area. This promotes quicker healing and reduces inflammation. In around one week, the inflammation and bruising will start to subside fast. But it will take a few months for the inflammation to dissipate entirely.

The patient will increasingly feel better about undergoing neck lipo as new and enhanced neck contours gradually emerge.


Surgeon’s Guidelines

The plastic surgeon will offer clear post-operative guidelines to the patient for the recovery phase. The patient should follow these instructions closely for safer and faster healing. The guidelines may include the following:

Instructions on the maintenance of temporary drains and wound care. If and when to use pain-relieving medication and other drugs to reduce infection risks. Particular signs to be watchful for in the overall medical condition and the treated sites, in which case the patient should contact the surgeon. The follow-up appointment schedule and date for suture removal.


Questions a Patient Should Ask

Prior to leaving for home after the neck liposuction, the patient should unhesitatingly ask any recovery-related questions and clear all their doubts. Some commonly asked questions are:

Will aftercare be necessary for the initial one or two days at home? Will the compression garment have to be worn all the time and for how long? When will it be possible to resume routine activities or return to work? When will the surgeon remove the drain and sutures?


Other Recovery-Related Issues

The recovery period may be shorter in case a tumescent technique is used for the neck liposuction as this technique is more conservative. Patients typically tolerate the pain and discomfort well in case of neck liposuction.

The patient can conceal the inflammation and bruising by wearing appropriate high-neck clothes in most cases enabling them to go to work or interact socially in a discreet manner.

Experienced plastic surgeons at the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery receive patients from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and nearby areas for neck liposuction.

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit

Serving Richmond, VA, Fredricksburg, Williamsburg, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington and surrounding communities.

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