While the focus is often on treating aging symptoms in the face, this is not the only area to show the toll time can take on the skin. The neck also undergoes changes that can make you look older and more tired than you feel. One of the biggest problems occurs directly under the chin, as this is the place where submental fat can accrue and affect the definition of your lower jawline. In addition to making you look older; this unwanted fat might make you look like you have gained weight even if you haven’t added a pound to the scale. Dr. Barrett offers treatment for submental fat that is minimally invasive and produces long-lasting results.
What is Neck Liposuction?
Patients that are unhappy with the formation of submental fat can achieve a slimmer, more balanced physique with liposuction surgery, a popular procedure that removes excess fat from various areas of the body. This treatment involves the use of tiny tubes to remove fat that require minimal incisions and little visible scarring afterward. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and recovery from neck liposuction is usually a week or less. The results will last indefinitely for most patients.
Dr. Barrett has extensive experience performing liposuction procedures and his techniques have led to beautiful results with little pain involved. After making several small incisions in the target area, he uses a tumescent technique that includes the infusion of local anesthesia to expand and firm the fat so it can be suctioned out using a very fine tube called a cannula. Due to the minimally-invasive approach, the incisions often heal by themselves, so stitches are unnecessary. After surgery, patients enjoy picture-perfect results!
Is Neck Liposuction Right for You?
Neck liposuction is an excellent option for men and women that have noticed a loss of definition along the jawline due to the accumulation of submental fat. The procedure is recommended for patients that are in good health but unhappy about submental fat that has not responded to weight loss or a healthy lifestyle. Concerns addressed through neck liposuction include:
- Pockets of submental fat under the chin the patient has not been able to eliminate
- Loss of definition to the jawline and minimal transition between the chin and neck
- Aged or weighty look due to the accumulation of fat in this area
- Lack of confidence in the appearance due to the formation of submental fat
The procedure tends to work best on patients with good muscle tone and skin elasticity. While liposuction removes the area of fat, it does not perform significant skin tightening. If skin laxity is also a problem, Dr. Barrett may recommend a surgical neck lift rather than liposuction to achieve an optimal result. He might also advise patients to combine neck liposuction with other procedures, such as a brow lift or cheek augmentation to produce complete rejuvenation to the face.
Benefits of Neck Liposuction
The advantages of liposuction can be far-reaching for the right patient. Some of the benefits you might experience include:
- Loss of the “double chin”
- More definition to the jaw and necklines
- Results that you can see within a week or so after surgery
- An improvement that is very dramatic and long-lasting
- Little – if any – visible scarring after the procedure
- Requires local anesthesia, reducing risks associated with the surgery
- Downtime is relatively quick and comfortable compared to other surgical procedures
Neck Liposuction Overview
Dr. Barrett performs neck liposuction on an outpatient procedure using local anesthesia unless you are combining other procedures with the liposuction that require general. He makes just a couple of incisions in the treatment area where he can place the cannulas for the fat removal process. Tumescent fluid is placed in the area first, and then the cannulas are inserted to loosen and gently suction away the fat cells. The procedure usually takes about 30 minutes to perform. Once the fat is removed, dressings are placed over the incisions because they are usually too small to require suturing.
You will spend a short amount of time in our recovery area after your surgery, where you will be attended and monitored by our nursing staff. Once you are able, you will be released to go home with a friend or family member, so you can recover in the comfort of familiar surroundings. We will place a compression strap around the chin to support the area as it heals and minimize swelling.
After Neck Liposuction
Neck liposuction has a relatively comfortable and short-lived recovery process. Common side effects of the procedure include mild swelling, bruising and some soreness in the treatment area. The compression strap we place around your chin when you leave our office can be worn for a few days to reduce symptoms while healing occurs. You should be able to return to work and other activities within a few days. However, strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least two weeks to prevent complications.
Dr. Barrett will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your treatment area after your surgery. You should see the results of your procedure after a week or two, once the swelling completely subsides. As long as you maintain a healthy, active lifestyle, results of liposuction can be permanent. If your weight fluctuates after the procedure, this can affect the area under the chin as well as the rest of the body. If you notice skin laxity develop in the area at some point, Dr. Barrett offers additional anti-aging treatments that can address this concern and help you keep your positive results.
Sculpted Contour, Beautiful Definition
Neck liposuction is a highly effective way for men and women to restore youthful definition to the jawline and eliminate the appearance of the double chin. The procedure is much less invasive than other plastic surgery procedures and produces results that can last a lifetime in some cases. If you are bothered by fullness under the chin, perhaps now is the time to pursue a solution. Contact Barrett Plastic Surgery today at 310-598-2648 to find out if neck liposuction is the right choice for you.