Whether it’s due to genetics, weight, or simply aging, excess fat in the neck area can result in fullness and jowls that add years to your appearance. In these cases, your surgeon might suggest neck liposuction in combination with a facelift as a “one-two” punch to improve your looks. By treating the face and neck simultaneously, you can have a balanced, natural-looking facial rejuvenation.
What is Neck Liposuction?
performed on other parts of the body, neck lipo is the removal of subcutaneous fat, resulting in a more contoured appearance in your neck and chin. A minimally invasive procedure, it involves your surgeon making a small incision under the chin, through which he removes the excess submental (beneath the chin) fat. This is done using a hollow metal tube (cannula) and either ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL) or suction-assisted liposuction (SAL). Your surgeon will then close the incision and, if necessary, use foam tape or an elastic garment for postoperative compression. According to the Cleveland Clinic, the results of a neck lift procedure are visible almost immediately, although it may take several months for all subtle swelling to subside. The tiny incisions will also fade until they are barely visible.
How Do I Know if it’s Right for Me?
Your surgeon will evaluate you to determine if neck liposuction alone without additional procedures will give you the results you desire. One key factor is your skin’s elasticity — its ability to contract to the new and improved contours. Skin that has become too loose will not have the elasticity to form to your new shape without excess sag. Without enough elasticity, you may need a neck lift in addition to the lipo to create the shape you want.
Another factor is your total amount of excess skin. Since liposuction only removes fat and does nothing to tighten your skin, your excess skin needs to be minimal. If you have a significant amount of elastosis (degenerative changes in your skin’s connective tissue) or excess loose skin (those dreaded bags and sags), your surgeon may suggest additional procedures.
If there is fat between and below your platysma muscles (long muscle bands that stretches from the jaw bones on both sides of the neck to the pectoral muscle), you may also need a deep plane procedure. Your surgeon can explain which method is appropriate for your situation.
What Else Should I Know?
While liposuction is all about removing fat, your doctor might also suggest micro lipoinjection to "plump up" and contour smile and frown lines, wrinkles, furrows and hollows in the face. Micro lipoinjection is a form of soft tissue augmentation which uses your own fat as an injectable filler. Fat from UAL or laser liposuction procedures is best for this because the fat is liquified before it is removed. And since it’s from your own body and a synthetic filler, any risk of rejection is reduced, according to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. This only goes to prove that even fat has its uses!
How Do I Prepare for Neck Liposuction?
Your plastic surgeon will give you specific preoperative instructions, but, in general, you will have to discontinue medications that increase the risk of bleeding such as aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and some vitamins/homeopathic regimens. If you’re a smoker, you’ll need to stop well in advance of surgery since smoking can impair the healing process. WebMD recommends an eight-week no-smoking period (four weeks before the surgery and four weeks after).
Neck liposuction is an outpatient procedure, so you’ll need to arrange for someone to drive you home after and stay with you for the next 24 hours. For the procedure, dress in loose, comfortable clothing, with a button-down shirt or blouse that can be removed without pulling it over your head. You’ll receive the appropriate anesthesia based on which procedures will be taking place. If you are undergoing other procedures at the same time, your plastic surgeon will most likely perform the neck lipo first. A neck liposuction alone usually takes about one hour.
Your surgeon will also give you specific post-operative instructions: information on any medications to apply or take orally, follow-up visits, and when to schedule the removal of your stitches. And visit our liposuction recovery page for a complete guide on what to expect while you heal.
What Will Neck Liposuction Cost?
According to Liposuction Prices Guide, the cost for a neck liposuction is about $5,250. Remember that with any cosmetic procedure there will be additional costs such as pain relievers, medications, and follow-up care that are not accounted for in the original quote. Make sure you visit our financing page
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Cosmetic procedures, especially those performed on the thin and delicate skin of the neck, require a highly skilled surgeon. Make sure you review portfolios of the work of all potential surgeon. You can also research board certified plastic surgeons