Is it necessary to wear a compression mask to control swelling after a facelift? What exactly does the compression do? How long must this be worn?
Facelift recovery and swelling?
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My patients wear a compression chin strap at night for a week. I am in the camp that believes it hastens recovery by reducing haematoma and seroma formation, provides compressive support and serves as a reminder that surgery has been perfomed! It is removable and noone has complained of discomfort. It took me a while to find the right brand of garment but now I have my patients don't mind it at all.
No compression mask or cooling machine after facelift
Compression masks and cooling machines after a facelift are cumbersome, unnecessary, expensive, and annoying after a facelift. I send patients home with the instructions to use frozen peas and corn about the eyes and cheeks. A small dressing is placed about the neck for 24 hours. They sleep with head elevated and continue to do so for 14 days to a degree that is comfortable. They all keep their sodium intake to less that 1500mg a day. Patients do very well with this regimen even if extensive lifts are done. There is a lot to be said for KEEPING IT SAFE AND SIMPLE. My Best, Dr C
Care after a facelift
I have my patients wear an elastic wrap around the chin and ears for a few days after the procedure. The dressing can be taken on and off as needed but it does help to have something to protect and provide gentle compression while healing. The recovery time is approximately 7-10 days to look 'restaurant ready', (Complete healing takes longer). The dressing also serves as a reminder to be careful with the areas worked on during the initial healing phase.
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I would say that it is not necessary to wear a compression device after a facelift, but in some instances, it might be helpful. The compression device can help to decrease the swelling a bit faster, but normally this would go down over time anyway. Different surgeons may or may not use a compression mask and the length of time to use one would vary as well.
How can I control swelling after facelift surgery?
Swelling after facelift
It may take more than a month or two for your tissues to fully soften and any residual swelling to resolve. Lymphatic massage maybe an option to help clear the swelling and firmness at a faster pace. I would make sure that you continue to follow up with your plastic surgeon during this period of time.
Compression Not Usually Necessary
Compressive Garment after Facelift
Facelift - vertical laser assisted facelift
While many doctors suggest this, i do nt have my patients wear any type of compression garment. The reason… by using a laser to dissect the tissue, there is less bleeding, residual trauma then when I did not use a laser to dissect during the surgical procedure.
In terms of your current situation, please consult with your doctor to determine the best post operative course for you.