A full neck can lead to an aging or unsightly appearance for many patients. Liposuction in this area can improve the angle of the neck resulting in an improved neckline and a slimmer appearance to the lower face.
Reasons for Considering Liposuction of the Neck
- Full neck appearance
- Obtuse (or sagging) neck appearance
- Heavy neck appearance
Liposuction of the neck can be done under local anesthetic in the office or can be done in the operating room. Small incisions will be made under the chin and behind the ears. Fluid containing a numbing agent and adrenaline to constrict the blood vessels will then be injected slowly into the fat compartments in the neck and under the jaw line. The fat in the neck is then sucked out using a suction canula.
- Anesthesia: Local or local + sedation
- Length of surgery: 60 minutes
- Length of stay: Outpatient (home the same day)
Recovery Process and Final Result
- Back to work: 3 to 7 days
- Exercise: May be resumed in 2 weeks
- Discomfort: Mild to moderate (anticipate 2 to 3 days of prescription pain medication)
- Swelling: Mild to moderate; should be gone in 3 to 4 weeks
- Bruising: Common, but should fade 2 weeks following surgery
- Bandages: A support dressing will be placed around the front of the neck following the procedure
You will see noticeable results within a few weeks, after the swelling really begins to resolve. The final result may take 4-6 months. The final result depends greatly on the skin’s ability to contract and tighten up following fat removal.
Other Options For Your Consideration
Liposuction may be combined with a necklift (including removal of skin) if loose skin is also a problem. Your surgeon will help you decide which technique is best for you.