Q: Will my Results Improve 3 Weeks After Chin Lipo and Chin Implant?
After liposuction and chin implant, my neck feels tight and swollen. I am 3 weeks post op. I don’t see any improvements in my neck contour after the lipo. I still have the double chin. Should I wear the neck strap longer? Will my results improve? I also have a numb chin and my lip does not come down when I smile or talk. I have the appearance of a stiff jaw. Should I be worried?
A: Post operative expectations with Neck Lipo and Chin Implants
You are 3 weeks post op, so many of these findings are not fully unexpected. Swelling is still present, contraction of the skin has not onset, surgical insult is barely healed. Numbness from the placement of the implant or even the liposuction is a finding that should resolve. Contracture following liposuction is maximal at 6 months. If your skin does not contract enough, you may consider having some skin removed as well, but wait 6 months.
Yes, wear the chin strap as much as possible, this will reduce the swelling for up to 3 months. If you notice onset of swelling when you take the strap off, it is not time to stop wearing it. If there is not change, the strap is no longer helping with swelling. The more uniform the compression and the better you alleviate the swelling the better the ultimate result. Don’t worry too much right now, but continue close follow up with your doctor to get the reassurance you need and address the problems if they persist longer than 6 months.