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.