Whether due to genetics or the natural aging process, excess fat in the neck area can be unflattering and result in poor definition of the chin and jawline. Liposuction is a good option to permanently remove fat and sculpt this area. Patients in the Phoenix, Arizona area can schedule a consultation with Dr. Christian Paquet at Paquet Facial Plastic Surgery to learn more about their neck liposuction options.
What is Neck Liposuction?
Neck liposuction is a surgical procedure which permanently removes excess fat from the neck and lower chin areas. This can be beneficial for patients who are concerned about the appearance of a “double chin” or “turkey neck.” It can also be used alongside procedures such as a lower face and neck lift to sculpt the neck and chin area, complementing the overall results.
Who is a Candidate for Neck Liposuction?
Most patients who have excess fat in the neck or below the chin are good candidates for neck liposuction. Excess fat in this area can occur regardless of the patient’s overall weight or fitness, as excess fat storage in the neck or lower chin may be genetic. Neck liposuction can sculpt the area for a more flattering appearance.
As with any liposuction procedure, neck liposuction is not intended for patients who are overweight. The surgery is best for patients who are at a healthy weight which has remained stable for at least six months to a year. Patients should be generally healthy overall and should be nonsmokers. During a consultation, Dr. Paquet will ask you questions about your health history, including any medications you take, allergies, or health conditions, to ensure that neck liposuction is a safe and suitable option for you.
The Neck Liposuction Procedure
Neck liposuction is typically performed under general anesthesia, though in some cases IV sedation or local anesthesia may also be used. A small incision is made along the natural contours of the neck area, typically just below the chin or near the ears, to ensure that any scarring will be minimal. Through this small incision, a cannula is inserted to manually break apart fat tissue. This fat is then suctioned away using the cannula.
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Recovery After Neck Liposuction
Patients may return home the same day as their neck liposuction procedure with the help of a caregiver, friend, or family member who can drive them. You will likely notice some soreness or discomfort as well as swelling, bruising, or redness. Dr. Paquet may advise you to wear a compression garment or bandages which apply gentle pressure to the area, as this will help alleviate swelling and encourage proper healing. He will also prescribe pain medication to keep you comfortable through the early stages of the recovery process. Keeping the head and neck elevated through recovery will also help reduce swelling. Most patients can return to non-strenuous routines, such as work or school, within about four days of their neck liposuction procedure.