Face Cosmetic Surgery
Removal of fat in the neck
Fat accumulates in the neck when a person gains weight, ages, and is genetically predisposed to gaining jowls later in life. Fat in the neck can be isolated to a fat compartment below the chin or be more generally located through the neck. It is commonly called a double chin.
People with small to moderate isolated fat pockets below their chin can often treat it without surgery using Coolsculpting or Kybella. Patients with larger amounts of fat will get better results from liposuction.
Neck liposuction is a procedure to remove the fat from the neck whether it is in the isolated pocket immediately below the chin or the fat is more generalized throughout the neck.
The procedure can be performed in the office under local anesthesia and oral sedation, or under general anesthesia at a surgery center. If performed alone (without a neck lift), the procedure will take about 1 hour. Liposuction produces an immediate and comprehensive result.
Two very inconspicuous incisions are made in the chin crease beneath the chin. Tumescent numbing medication as well as a medication to reduce bruising are injected into the fat. The fat is then removed with a small 2 mm cannula.
The result is a smoother appearance and a sharper angle between the jaw line and the neck.
A bulky headwrap is placed once the procedure is completed.
There are a number of reasons people consider neck liposuction. The best candidates are those that:
- Have realistic expectations of what can be achieved
- Are healthy and have remained at their current weight for more than six months
- Are unhappy with their double chins
- Want to have a slimmer neck
- Want to have a defined jawline
After surgery you should rest at home and let yourself heal. Dr. Chang will send you home with a detailed recovery plan. There are a number of different ways to help aid recovery:
- All patients wear a bulky headwrap for about 1 week.
- There will be some bruising and swelling which should fade within a week.
- Most patients are presentable without drawing attention in 1 to 2 weeks.
- Sutures are removed 10 to 14 days after your surgery. Some may be absorbable.
- Strenuous exercise should be avoided during this time to help in the recovery process.
- Apply aquaphor ointment twice a day until the sutures are removed.
- Most patients will take one to two weeks off of work.
- Pain is minimal to moderate.
Final results should not be expected for at least 3 to 6 months.
As with any surgery, there are associated risks. Only you can decide whether a neck liposuction can achieve your goals and whether the recovery and risk is acceptable to you. Complications are rare but can include:
- Local bleeding.
- Facial asymmetry.
- Infection particularly from the absorbable sutures.
- Loss of sensation although rare.
- Widened or thickened scar.
- Delayed wound healing with skin or tissue necrosis.
- Extra skin at the ends of the incisions.
- For men, temporary or permanent hair loss where the incision is made.
- Swelling which doesn’t go down.
Unsatisfactory results may require additional procedures. Patients will generally be responsible for any associated facility fees.
The fat cells that are removed will not grow back.
However, if you gain a significant amount of weight following liposuction, the remaining cells will expand and grow larger.
Your cost for neck liposuction will depend on whether or not additional procedures are performed such as face lift or a neck lift? And the type of anesthesia (local vs general). See the price card below for more details.
There are a number of other surgical and non-surgical procedures that can be performed with a neck liposuction. These include:
- Mini facelift
- Neck lift
- Profractional laser resurfacing
Neck fat, as well as fat in general, can be reduced with Coolsculpting or Kybella. Coolsculpting or Kybella are more appropriate for minor fat pockets. Both are nonsurgical options with no downtime. Both will result in about a 20% reduction in fat with each treatment.
Patients who are looking for either more immediate or more comprehensive results will benefit more from liposuction.
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