Planning your treatment
Not all neck fat is extra. It is important, in fact critical, to have a certain amount of neck fat to provide a cushion between your skin and neck muscles. Without it, your neck would look unnatural. Yet, extra neck fat is considered by most to be undesirable. Extra neck fat may be hereditary, and if so is normally evident in early adulthood. It may also be developed; in which case, it is gradual with weight gain. There are also those who have extra neck fat in response to aging, even in the absence of weight gain. In these cases, fat can accumulate in the neck due to a redistribution of subcutaneous fat that happens with aging.
Irrespective of its cause, extra neck fat can cause an individual to look heavier as well as older. In fact, it is surprising how neck liposuction (Neck Lift) can make someone with extra neck fat look drastically younger.
Candidates for Neck Lift
Neck liposuction is most suited to people who have extra neck fat and either 1) neck skin which is not loose or 2) neck skin which is loose but not sagging.
If you have neck skin that is loose and sagging, then in addition to neck liposuction you will need neck tightening by Laser, peel or neck lift.
Jawline and Jowls
Many who have extra neck fat also suffer the problem of having no distinction between the face and neck, in other words; it is difficult to tell where the face ends and the neck starts. In these cases, liposuction of the neck along the jawline really assists to define this area and can be performed at the same time as neck liposuction (Neck Lift).
Jowls are the pockets of fat alongside and above the jawline, about halfway between the ears and the chin. While
Jowls are typically reflective of loose facial skin (and hence the need for a facelift), liposuction of the jowls can sometimes be completed at the same time as neck liposuction. Provided that the jowls are not associated with markedly loose or hanging skin, liposuction of the jowls can sometimes enable a person to defer a facelift for years.
Again, this is something best discussed between you and your plastic surgeon.
Neck Liposuction Surgery
Neck liposuction can be performed under local and sedation as an outpatient procedure. It takes 30-60min. Your plastic surgeon will commence by injecting your neck with tumescent fluid, which is a mixture of saline, local anaesthetic (similar to Novocain and epinephrine) which helps constrict blood vessels, reduce bleeding, and prevent bruising. Tumescent fluid is not injected until you are temporarily asleep, so that you feel nothing. Followed by making a keyhole incision under the chin to insert the cannula and start drawing out the fat with suction. At the completion of the procedure, the keyhole will be closed with fine sutures; this will leave you with virtually an undetectable scar under your chin.
After Neck Liposuction Surgery
Following the procedure, pain is relatively minimal and most finds that they can return to work in 1-5 days, depending more upon bruising than on discomfort. You will need to wear a tape or a garment on your neck for few days. Again, your greatest limitation with regard to returning to work will likely be due to bruising. Some have no bruising; others may bruise for 1-2 weeks. Most fall somewhere in between with about 3-7 days of bruising. There is no simple way to predict where you will fall.
What are the risks associated with this procedure?
Plastic surgery, like any surgical procedure, carries inherent risks and potential complications.
Please read our Risks and Complications of Plastic Surgery page.
Getting you back to work and normal activities
You will need 1-2 days rest, followed by light duties for 1 week.
You will be back to normal duties from the second week after surgery.