Neck liposuction can remove fat below the chin and restore an appealing contour to the lower face. Because losing neck fat through diet and exercise is so difficult, this procedure is very rewarding for many patients.
At our South Denver plastic surgery practice, Dr. Hunsicker can perform neck liposuction to enhance your neck and lower facial contour.
If you have persistent fat deposits on the neck that detract from the youthful angularity of your lower face, you are a good candidate for liposuction. Consider neck liposuction if you have a double chin, neck bands, fat in the jowl area, or poor jaw definition. Patients should have adequate skin tone and elasticity. This procedure does not address loose skin on the neck or loss of tissue volume.
Before surgery, photos are taken and the neck area is marked. The face and neck are cleansed thoroughly and local anesthesia is administered. Small incisions are placed on each side of the jaw, or centrally below the chin. The fat is saturated with tumescent solution, preparing it for removal.
The fat that is situated just below the skin and above the neck muscle (the platysma) is removed with suction. This area contains no major blood vessels or nerves, so it can be removed safely. The doctor uses a small tube called a cannula to vacuum the fat from the area. The neck, lower chin, and jaw may all be treated.
Recovery time with this procedure is relatively short. For the first 24 hours, the neck area will be wrapped in gauze. Some swelling should be expected for about 3 to 5 days after surgery. You will be given a special elastic garment (a chin strap) and a soft cervical collar to control swelling and promote skin contraction; this should be worn for about two weeks or until the doctor instructs you to remove it.
You may want to plan on wearing high-necked clothing or scarves during recovery from this procedure.
After healing is complete, you will have a smooth, more angular definition around your neck with a clearly marked transition from your neck to your face.
All cosmetic surgery procedures carry a risk of complications. With neck liposuction, side effects may include soreness, bruising, and temporary difficulty speaking. Complications may include, but are not limited to, infection, irregular skin contour due to overcorrection, poor healing, a formation of fat clots or blood clots, fluid loss, tissue trauma, or adverse reaction to anesthesia.
If liposuction is not the ideal solution for your needs, the doctor may recommend a different cosmetic procedure. Possible alternatives include a neck lift (platysmaplasty) or a chin implant.
Dr. Lisa M. Hunsicker has been practicing medicine since 1995. Since 2001, Revalla Plastic Surgery has been providing patients in the Denver, Morrison, Littleton and Colorado Springs area with excellent, individualized cosmetic surgery results. We encourage you to call us for a personal consultation with Dr. Hunsicker. Contact us at 720-283-2500 or online to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hunsicker. Together, you can determine if you are a good candidate for neck contouring.