Is a Chin Strap Needed After a Neck Lift for Turkey Neck?

After a neck lift to get rid of my turkey neck, would I have to wear a chin strap? If so, how long?

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A chin strap is optional

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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.

Support typically unnecessary after neck lift, but ask your surgeon

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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.

Sutton Graham II, MD
Greenville Plastic Surgeon

Neck Lift Recovery and Chin Straps

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An interesting question.  Some surgeons want you to wear a chin strap after surgery for at least a week or more.  Many other surgeons do not use a chin strap at all as there is no evidence that says it helps.  My recovery routine does not include a chin strap.  I use a rapid recovery protocol for my neck lift patients.

A rapid recovery protocol includes a twilight combined with tumescent anesthesia, no drains, removal of the dressing the next day, hot showers the next day and up and around walking the next day.  I encourage my patients to get outside for a walk the next day and do not restrict activities like lifting or bending over.  Some work out fanatics have been back to the gym the next day on a spin bike or doing a light workout at home. 

With the rapid recovery neck lift method, my patients are generally able to get back to work within a week.  The big problem is usually the residual swelling that does not look bad but people who know you well will likely notice the swelling and hopefully an improvement in your appearance.  There will be bruising but this can always be covered up with makeup.  With this technique, you will not need any narcotics and all my patients ever use is some Aleve or something similar.

I hope that helps and if it does please give it and up vote at the top right at the "report' button.  Thanks.

Best regards.

Brian Windle, MD
Kirkland Plastic Surgeon
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Surgery involves swelling

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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.

Robert M. Freund, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Can a chinstrap improve your postoperative results?

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 Recovery from surgery often involves wound dressings. The vectors in the neck or often tested in the postoperative period due to the desired pole and tightening of the neck muscles to recontour the neck and define the chin neck relationship.  Postoperative swelling in this area may obliterate the hard won improved results of the contours of the neck. Chin strap or even simply properly positioned ace wraps can help the soft tissues remodel in a more favorable contour. Appropriate follow up with your surgeon in the postoperative period will allow for optimal instruction and monitoring of the results which may be maximized with a chinstrap or a contouring ace wrap.

Is a Chin Strap Needed After a Neck Lift for Turkey Neck?

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Thank you for your question !I do normally advise to use for a couple of weeks. It really helps.
good luck!

Ercan Karacaoglu, MD
Turkey Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Chin strap

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Some type of support to the skin after a necklift is very helpful to maximize the contour improvement over the first one to two weeks after surgery

A chinstrap is a good and removable way to do that

Richard A. D’Amico, MD, FACS
Englewood Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Chin Strap after Necklift

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Generally, a necklift entails elevating the skin away from the underlying muscle and removing fat in between these 2 layers.  You don't need to wear a chin strap afterwards but gives an additional layer of security assuring that the skin will appose to the underlying tissue and not sag while it's healing.  In most practices, this is a common procedure.  There are different types of chin straps so if you are claustrophobic and wish not to wear one, talk to your facial specialist about options. 

Mike Majmundar, MD
Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 50 reviews

Compression dressing after neck lift

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During initial three days of healing from neck lift surgery, it is highly recommended to apply a light compression dressing to reduce the chance of hematoma and seroma formation. It allows the skin to adhere to underlying tissue. Thereafter, for few nights as well.

Kevin Sadati, DO
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 224 reviews

Post op facelift / neck lift head garment

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Thank you for asking.  Answers will vary among the expert surgeons as there is no scientific evidence for or against the support facial garment after surgery. In my hands, we remove the surgical dressing the next day and have the patient wear an elastic facial/neck garment for 1 week day and night and then for week 2 just at night. Instructions may vary patient to patient. This is to support the skin as it heals back to the underlying tissue and to minimize the swelling. Some surgeons may not use a facial garment at all.  I feel that it can only help.

Raymond E. Lee, MD
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 101 reviews

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