Neck lift surgery is done under general anesthesia. You will go home with a compression garment. Typically you may remove the compression and return to light activity after 3 days. Pain is minimal. Bruises will typically fade after two weeks. If liposuction is used, you may have temporary facial bruising and temporary nerve numbness or asymmetry. Results improve as swelling goes down, and the tissues continue to soften over the course of 1-3 months.