Lift & Tighten the Neck to Accentuate the Face
Neck liposuction is a neck lift procedure used to remove fat from beneath the chin. It is successfully used to minimize the look of a double chin or jowls. Neck liposuction will not necessarily eliminate dimpled or rippled looking skin. To remove that you might also need a neck lift contouring that is done in conjunction with the liposuction surgery.
During the procedure, the surgeon makes a tiny incision in the skin, typically in the crease just under the chin or behind the ear lobes. The cannula is inserted and the high pressure vacuum that is part of the liposuction instrument is used by the surgeon to break up the fat deposits and sculpt the area to the desired proportions. One of the advantages of using liposuction to remove neck fat is that the skin, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels remain intact.
Be forewarned that neck liposuction is not an easy operation for most people to recover from. Like all plastic surgeries, there is a risk of infection. There is also a risk that the surgery may leave wider scars than initially predicted by the doctor depending on such factors as whether or not you smoke and your age.
Procedure Length: About 1 hour
Side Effects: Temporary discomfort and bruising
Recovery: About 1 week
After effects: Most of the bruising and swelling should subside within three weeks. It is common to suffer from a sore neck as well as experience burning, swelling, numbness, crusting and bleeding. Painkillers are often prescribed to help people through the pain of this procedure. A compression band will be worn for several weeks after your surgery to ensure that your neck stays firm. You should see visible results of your surgery within two or three weeks, but the full effects may not be evident for six months to a year. Generally, you can expect that the more fat that is removed, the longer it will take for the desired results to be fully evident.
Results: Long lasting, depending on patients lifestyle - affected by continued aging, gravity and the elements
Patient Status: Outpatient
Anesthesia: Local with Sedation