How long should a person keep wearing a head strap after a facelift? What happens if you don't wear it?

Doctor Answers 10

Head Strap Often Optional After Facelift

Most important is to listen and follow your Plastic Surgeon's instructions.
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:
  1. It restricts the amount of edema that forms and hastens its resolution by mechanical pressure.
  2. It decreases the amount of bruising.
  3. It assists the loose skin in retracting or shrinking.

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 154 reviews

Chin strap after face lift

After a face lift, I tell my patients to wear the chin wrap for at least 2 weeks,

It decreases swelling and keeps you comfortable,

After that, I recommend that my face lift patients listen to their bodies - if the face and neck feels swollen, put on the wrap.

Elizabeth Morgan, MD, PhD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Facelift Compression Garment

Thank you for your question.
Please get your plastic surgeon to advise on their recovery protocol and voice your concerns.  I do not used chin compression garment as I strap my patients chin up using a technique which is as effective as a compression garment.  This reduces any sign of seroma.  My patients will wear this until they return for their follow up appointment (7 days later).
All The Best 

Head Strap After Facelift?

Thank you for your question. If you do not wear it, you may have more swelling in the neck area. Some do not. The swelling does delay healing, and this is what we are trying to prevent. We like to see people wear it for 4-6 weeks, with the last few weeks, wearing it during the evening, and off during the day. I hope this helps.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Fulltime for the first week

I recommend that my patients wear their head wrap (compression garment) fulltime
for the first week and just at night during their second post-operative week.The head strap keeps firm pressure around the head and neck enabling the neck and skin to heal more favorably.A compression garment can also diminish swelling.Your surgeon may have specific recommendations for your particular case and I would recommend discussing this with him/her.

James Chan, MD
Portland Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 58 reviews

Wearing a head strap after facelift

Hello and thank you for your question.

Every doctor has different recommendations for how long a patient should wear a head garment for. Also each patient heals differently as well. I recommend seeking out a board certified plastic surgeon so that they may give you their professional opinion on how long they expect you to wear the head garment.

Best of luck to you

David L. Cangello, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

​Neck strap after a facelift

Neck strap after a facelift

Neck strap helps to diminish swelling and increases rate of recovery in the neck, after a facelift. In my practice I ask the patients to wear the neck strap for 3-7 days, depending on the extent of neck correction performed. Ultimately, it is not the neck strap that will determine the final result, but the quality and the techniques used by the surgeon.

Boris M. Ackerman, MD
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Is a Head Strap Necessary Following a Facelift?

I've been doing facelifts for over 20 years now and have used a head strap on patients for about one year during that time -- way at the beginning of my career. The head strap was annoying, irritating, rubbed areas that were sensitive or delicate and perhaps reduced blood and lymphatic flow from areas that were healing, therefore interfering with the normal healing process. However, the most important point is that I saw absolutely no advantage to wearing one, in terms of healing, swelling or results -- and my results are good enough to be considered some of the best results in the country, as determined by NewBeauty magazine. So I'm not sure what benefit other surgeons find in using them.

Regardless of my experience and opinion, your surgeon apparently believes there is benefit, so I would discuss this with him/her and follow their directions.

Richard Parfitt, MD
Madison Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Facial Garment After Facelift

In most cases, I recommend wearing the facial garment for 2 weeks post op. Afterwards, it may be necessary to wear the garment in the evenings for an additional week. Every patient heals different, so the post op instructions may vary depending on the rate of healing.

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 60 reviews

Facial garment after a facelift

The head strap or facial "bra" as I refer to them, should be worn for a minimum of 2 weeks after surgery. It helps to reduce the swelling and combat the effects of gravity trying to pull your skin down again! After 1 week you can leave it off during the day and just wear it at night if you like.

David Finkle, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 75 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.