Will Not Wearing a Compression Garment Affect Final Results on Neck?

Had neck and jowl vaser lipo with virtually no swelling or bruising so only wore the garment for 48 hours. Will this affect the final result three months from now?

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Wearing a compression garment after Chin or Neck Liposuction is important for best final result

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The chin compression garment or chin strap is used after Chin or Neck Liposuction to reduce swelling and prevent fluid accumulation.

Even though you have no swelling at 48 hours after Chin or Neck liposuction, maximal swelling after Liposuction can continue and occur even after 4-5 days, so I recommend that my patients not remove the garment until at least 7 days and continue to wear it at night for an additional 4-6 weeks.

After swelling has decreased, you still have inflammation, wound healing and skin tightening occurring for many weekl after surgery.

It is my belief, proven by wound healing studies of the benefit of compression in scar formation in burn patients, that continued compression of the treated areas will benefit wound healing and skin contour and improve final results.

Garment after neck lipo

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We ask our patients to wear the garment for a full 3 days. The reason is to decrease the amount of swelling. Only wearing the garment for 48 hours should not affect your final result.

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
3.8 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

48 Hours of compression: Probably enough but why not more?

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I like compression for longer periods than most surgeons.  I joke:  Wear it till you hate me!  Seriously, compression has great advantages and like with a lot of things, the more you put into it the more you get in return.  That being said, 48 hours is probably enough time for the flap to BEGIN to stick down and stay where it was supposed to be.

Ritu Chopra, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

compression garment usage after neck liposuction

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 When performing  minimal liposuction of the neck, we use a compression garment for 3-4 days after the procedure.
 In the majority of cases, we perform a necklift ft by removing the fat above and below the platysma muscle in the neck, and a platysma plasty. We insert 2 Jackson-Pratt drains in the neck that are left in for 2 days to remove blood and fluid from underneath the skin. We do not use any compression wraps for a neck lift. For many examples, please see the link below to our neck lift photo gallery

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 157 reviews

Not wearing a facial garment after Neck Lipo

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A face-neck garment is used to decrease swelling after a procedure. Not wearing the garment should not affect the final result just prolong the swelling period.

Oleh Slupchynskyj, MD, FACS
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 285 reviews

Importance of Compression Garments Following Neck Liposuction

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It’s not unusual for surgeons to recommend the use of compression garments following neck liposuction.  Although, the majority of plastic surgeons recommend some type of compression, there are surgeons who don’t always recommend compression. It’s important to understand that every patient’s situation is unique.

The importance of compressive chin straps depends on a variety of factors.  These might include the amount of fat removed and the patient’s baseline skin laxity to name a few. In some cases, not wearing a compression garment may have no significance.  In other cases, it might be the difference between an excellent result and an average result.

We generally recommend the use of chin straps day and night for one week.  This is followed by night time use for an additional 2 to 3 weeks following neck liposuction.  We also recommend a low salt diet before and after neck liposuction.

It’s important to discuss this issue with your surgeon before proceeding with surgery so you will have an understanding of why post-operative compression garments are important for you.  In some cases, premature cessation of compression might adversely impact the results of liposuction.  In the vast majority of cases, it would probably not affect the result, but instead lead to prolonged swelling.

Wearing a Compression Garment

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It should be worn for at least 3-7 days to reduce swelling and allow pocket to begin to close. It shouldn't affect your results, just prolong your swelling.


Edward E. Dickerson, IV, MD
Fayetteville Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 127 reviews

Compression Garment after Neck Lipo.

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Fist of all, every patient is different, and each surgeon may have his/her own protocol.  The protocol is usually in line with their particular procedure for that particular patient.  Our office has the patients wear compression garments as we believe it decreases swelling and improves contour.  The idea is to have the skin attach down to the underlying tissues.  Please ask your individual surgeon what he/she likes and then do what he/she says. 

Jeffrey J. Roth, MD, FACS
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Wearing a compression garment with chin liposuction

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Wearing a compression garment will not affect the final result, however, this may make your healing interval a lot longer.  I would advise you to wear the compression garment as much as you can. 

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

Importance of wearing a compression garment after liposuction

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Facial compression garments compress and minimize fluid or blood accumulations in the areas that were treated with liposuction. Although you may have minimal evidence of this at this time, it could result from increased activity. Use of the compression garment after the fact is of little value.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 86 reviews

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