After a neck lift to get rid of my turkey neck, would I have to wear a chin strap? If so, how long?
Is a Chin Strap Needed After a Neck Lift for Turkey Neck?
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A chin strap is optional
gatelli, After neck lift surgery, they will likely place a dressing / chin strap for the first few days. After this, I feel it is optional. One alternative would be to just wear the chin strap at night. However, you should discuss this with your surgeon and follow his/her suggestions.
Compression Following Neck Lift
Compression dressings and chin straps are often utilized after neck lift surgery for a variety of reasons. Chin straps minimize swelling, decrease the potential for hematoma and bruising, help remodel soft tissue and help limit neck movement in the immediate post-operative period.
The use of chin straps varies and depends on the surgeon’s preference, the magnitude of the procedure and the type of procedure performed. It’s not unusual for chin straps to be utilized for one to two weeks when larger more aggressive procedures are performed. In some cases when minimal procedures are performed, chin straps may not be utilized at all.
It’s important to discuss this issue with your plastic surgeon before surgery. Your surgeon should be able to tell you, if a chin strap will be used.
Dressing after Neck Lift needed only for a few days
The neck dressing we have patients wear is for protection from trauma and to limit the extremes of head motion after surgery. It does nothing after that.
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Support typically unnecessary after neck lift, but ask your surgeon
Surgeons vary in the application of post-op elastic support (chin strap) following neck lift (and in the type of surgery they perform). It is important to follow the routine your surgeon recommends, as part of your recovery and care.
When I perform a surgical neck lift, including removal of subcutaneous fat (by suction lipectomy or scissor excision), removal of excess platysma muscle bands, suture tightening of lax muscle, and redraping & removal of the excess skin, I ask patients to wear the elastic support for the first 24-36 hours. After the first dressing change in my office, I do not require that they wear it, but suggest they do if they notice increased swelling. Typically, the neck has relatively little swelling and the support is unnecessary afterward.
Surgery involves swelling
To reduce the swelling and risk of bleeding after a necklift, a compression garment is advisable for the first 24 hours. After that, you can wear as neede to help minimize the swelling.
Compression dressing after neck lift
Post op facelift / neck lift head garment
WEARING A COMPRESSION GARMENT AFTER NECK LIFT
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Chin Strap Not Needed After a Neck Lift
We not found any difference in either speed of recovery or longevity of result between those who use chin straps and those who do not. Therefore, we do not routinely recommend the use of a chin strap but do have them available for those patients who are interested in using one.
Chin Strap After Neck Lift - Optional for Most
In my practice my patients are have a light supportive dressing placed in the operating room following their neck lift of face lift and worn for 2-3 days. I do not require a chin strap for all but if there happens to be excessive swelling then I will occasionally suggest its use.
However when just liposuction is performed in the upper neck, a compression garment is recommended for the following reasons:
- It restricts the amount of edema that forms and hastens its resolution by mechanical pressure.
- It decreases the amount of bruising.
- It assists the loose skin in retracting or shrinking.