Minimize heat. Cold compresses fight inflammation, suppress swelling, and constrict blood vessels. Cold also numbs nerve endings, which helps the pain. Reduce ambient temperatures, avoid proximity to heat sources, and take cool baths or showers.
Rest. It may sound simple, but slowing down can be hard. Your body requires energy to heal and expending too much delays that healing. Take it easy so your neck has the resources required for healing. Stress can also be detrimental, so give yourself as much of a break as possible.
Minimize exercise for up to 2 weeks. Elevating your heart rate dilates blood vessels, which can increase the risk of bleeding. Move some after the first 24 hours to restore circulation—trips to the bathroom or kitchen—but stick to light activity for 1-2 weeks, moderate activity after 2, and avoid heavy exertion for 3-4 weeks.
Protect your skin. UV rays may intensify scarring, so apply sunscreen consistently. Consider wearing a scarf when outdoors for more than a few minutes to protect from dust and airborne pollutants.
Get proper nutrition. In the beginning, choose soft foods as excessive chewing can increase swelling and cause pain. Consuming lots of Vitamin C helps form new collagen, and it’s also packed with antioxidants, which help reduce inflammation.
Be patient. Your body will heal. Following these tips will help it heal faster, more completely, and with greater success for your TLC Lift’s™ results.