After neck liposuction, most patients require one to three days of rest and healing before they return to work. For others, it may take up to a week.
Initial results from this outpatient procedure will be apparent relatively quickly. It might take up to six months before all swelling and chin lipo bruising subsides and your full chin liposuction results are visible.
Results from chin lipo can be fabulous, and fortunately, chin lipo recovery in general is not taxing or especially painful. Patients can be up and around, doing many of their normal activities right away. Still, exercise and strenuous activities should be avoided.
While the overall experience of neck liposuction recovery requires relatively few restrictions, we do advise you to plan for your recovery period by taking the following steps.
How to Plan for Your Chin Lipo Recovery
Before we can discuss chin lipo recovery, it’s important that you’ve already met with your plastic surgeon and been cleared for surgery. Ideal candidates must be in good physical health and at or near an ideal weight (a healthy weight for your body type). Patients should have no serious medical issues that may put them at risk during or after the procedure.
Once cleared, your procedure date will be scheduled. Then comes the critical period during which you should be preparing yourself and your home for surgery.
While it’s important to reiterate that this minimally invasive procedure does not come with a particularly painful or difficult recovery period, there are still many steps you can take to improve your recovery experience and optimize your results.
Before your chin lipo procedure, consider the following preparation tips:
1: Schedule time off work.
Most patients take a few days to a week off work. While you may be feeling relatively good in just two or three days, do keep in mind that you’ll be wearing your compressive neck garment 24/7 for at least one week after surgery. So, if you return to work within the first week after surgery, you’ll need to wear this garment to work.
Some patients are fine with this. Others are not. Do consider your options, and if the idea of wearing your compression garment to work makes you uncomfortable, consider using any extra time off you have. That way, you can ideally return to work without your garment.
Note, however, that even after this first week, most patients will still need to wear their compression garment for part of the day every day (for several more weeks).
2: Prep meals and snacks ahead of time.
The more you can do before surgery to make your neck lipo recovery easier, the better. This goes for meal prep as well.
During your recovery, there are not really any foods that are “off-limits” (except alcohol), but we do advise that you select a healthy diet while you are healing. Having freezer meals ready to go can be especially useful.
Protein should be focused on as a macronutrient as it will help your body heal and recover faster. Try to include plenty of lean meats, fish, eggs, nuts, and easy-to-grab smoothies or protein bars. Also include plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and healthy fats (olive oil, avocados, etc.).
3: Talk to your surgeon about the medications and supplements you take.
Your plastic surgeon will prompt you with this question, but it’s important to note that medicines such as Advil and Aspirin should be ceased prior to surgery as they are blood thinners and may increase swelling and bleeding after an operation.
There are other medications and supplements to be avoided as well, so be sure to provide a complete list of what you are currently taking to your surgeon.
4: Do not smoke or vape before surgery.
Smoking and vaping can increase your risk for complications after chin lipo (as well as during surgery). For this reason, it is crucial that you cease these habits for a set period of time prior to your procedure. Dr. Schulman will discuss this with you at your consultation appointment.
What to Expect After Chin Liposuction
The symptoms patients experience after this procedure include swelling, bruising, and some slight soreness. When needed, pain medication can mitigate discomfort. You will receive a chin lipo aftercare instructions packet from your surgeon for reference during the recovery process.
When you undergo chin liposuction immediately after the procedure, you will be put into a compression garment. Unlike more subtle and well-hidden compression garments (such as those used for tummy tuck surgery or abdominal liposuction, for example), a submental liposuction compression garment will be placed beneath the patient’s chin. In this way, it will be quite noticeable, which can be unideal for some patients.
What’s important to note here is that — despite the slight discomfort of wearing this garment on the upper neck and chin — the headband is essential for the healing process. Furthermore, wearing the neck garment over your incision sites exactly as directed will reduce swelling and help the skin tighten, effectively improving your neck contour and providing optimal cosmetic benefits.
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Get rid of excess fat along your neck and give yourself a facial profile you can feel good about when you look in the mirror. Take a look at our chin lipo before and after gallery to see examples of results. Submental liposuction restores a more youthful appearance and eliminates the appearance of a double chin.
Your first step is booking a consultation appointment with NYC board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Schulman. Call us today to schedule your appointment.