At a Glance
Neck liposuction is a suitable solution for men and women who are wishing to remove fat in the chin and jowls. Neck liposuction is considered to be a good alternative to facelift surgery, as the procedure has fewer complications and scars, and has a quicker recovery period. Neck liposuction will provide a more natural looking appearance when compared to a facelift.
Neck liposuction involves the removal of fat from below the jaw, as well as in the jowls and cheeks. Excess fat in these areas often makes a person look older and chubby. Liposuction is considered a safe solution to the problem.
If you are wishing to remove excess skin from the neck, you may be interested in a neck lift.
Neck liposuction is a great solution for patients who are looking to remove excess fat from around the neck and jaw area. However, this procedure is best suited for those who still have relatively good skin elasticity, and do not have saggy, excess skin.
For patients who are older who have become worried about excess, saggy skin and wish to achieve a more youthful look, undergoing a necklift is a more suitable option. This is a minimally invasive technique that allows patients to have excess tissue removed, in order to achieve a more defined contour of the neck.
While these two procedures can be performed separately if desired the two can be combined in order to achieve the best results.
All patients should be in good health and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with neck liposuction surgery.
Suitable candidates for neck liposuction include those who:
- Have excess fat in their neck, jowls and cheeks.
- Have skin elasticity
- Are in good physical health
Those who do not have skin elasticity, which is often a result of ageing, are still considered suitable for the procedure. However, they may not achieve the same results as younger patients.
Centre For Surgery does not offer this procedure to patients below the age of 18.
The consultation begins by having an opportunity to discuss your ideas, concerns and expectations about the neck liposuction procedure with your surgeon, and ask any relevant questions you may have.
The surgeon will:
- Take a focused history and examine you
- Explain the neck liposuction procedure
- Take your needs and preferences into account when deciding on the most appropriate treatment option for you
A neck liposuction surgeon can be either from a plastic surgery, ENT surgery or maxillofacial surgery background. All three specialities are fully trained to perform neck liposuction.
Tumescent anaesthesia is used to numb the neck area. Tiny incisions are made behind the ears and liposuction is used to remove the correct amount of fat. No stitches will be required.
You will be able to return home the same day as your neck liposuction.
After the neck liposuction, you may notice some bruising, swelling and tenderness. This can be treated with ice packs and, if necessary, pain medication.
Patients can return to work in two or three days.
You will be a given a garment which you will be required to wear at all times except when washing. The garment should be worn for four weeks total.
What should I do before the neck liposuction procedure?Refrain from smoking.
Stop certain medications which increase the risk of bleeding.
Use an antiseptic wash to reduce the risk of infection.
Am I a good candidate for neck liposuction?You will be a suitable candidate if you are wishing to remove excess fat in the neck, jowls and cheeks. You will need to have good skin elasticity and be in good health.
What does neck liposuction involve?Tumescent anaesthesia is used to numb the neck area. Tiny incisions are made behind the ears and liposuction is used to remove the correct amount of fat. No stitches are required and a compression garment is worn for four weeks to improve healing.
What anaesthetic is used?A local anaesthetic will be used. This means you will be awake for the procedure but you will be unable to feel anything in the treatment area.
How long will neck liposuction take?Neck liposuction will take around two hours to complete.
What is the recovery period like?You will experience some pain and discomfort, as well as some swelling and bruising. You may wish to take pain medication to help increase your comfort levels.
When can I go back to work?You will need to take two to three days off work.
What are the risks associated with neck liposuction?Infection and bleeding are very rare complications of neck liposuction.
Will I need to wear a compression garment?You will need to wear a compression garment for four weeks. You will need to wear the compression garment at both day and night except when washing for four weeks.