In my practice my patients are have a light supportive dressing placed in the operating room following their neck lift or face lift and worn for 2-3 days. I do not require a chin strap for all but if there happens to be excessive swelling then I will occasionally suggest its use.
However when just liposuction is performed in the upper neck, a compression garment is recommended for the following reasons:
- It restricts the amount of edema that forms and hastens its resolution by mechanical pressure.
- It decreases the amount of bruising.
- It assists the loose skin in retracting or shrinking.