WHAT IS A NECK LIPOSUCTION?
Suctioning fat out of several segments in the neck is termed neck liposuction. The usual areas which are amenable to liposuction include the submental area, the jowls and along the jaw line. Fat which is deep to the platysma muscle is NOT amenable to liposuction: it can be resected via a small submental incision with direct vision.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR A NECK LIPOSUCTION?
Neck liposuction alone
- Loose neck skin without much laxity of the lower face and jawline
- Moderate neck bands
- Moderate submental fullness
- Any combination of the above and as long as the patient understands that the lower face and jaw line will not be improved by the neck lift.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
CASE STUDY 1: WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM LIPOSUCTION OF THE NECK
However, it is important to remember that although there will be some re-contouring of the neck skin, there will definitely be some loose skin remaining. The patient to the right wanted a conservative treatment of her “fatty neck” and got an excellent result with which she “is over the moon and better than I expected”.
CASE STUDY 2: WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM LIPOSUCTION OF THE NECK
This patient wanted a more defined jawline and less full of a neck. Liposuction alone was used here to give her more definition of the jawline, a better defined neck, and more prominence to the chin and lower face without a facelift or necklift. She had very good skin tone, which is why we were able to just perform a neck liposuction.
She would have obtained an even better result with a small chin implant, but, understandably, she was happy with the result she obtained with just liposuction.
CASE STUDY 3: WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM LIPOSUCTION OF THE NECK
This young lady just could not lose the fullness of her neck, no matter how much she dieted or exercized. Genetically, some people just retain this fat below the chin and are born with poorer jawlines: thanks dad and/or mum!
In these patients, just redefining the jawline and creating a bit of a shadow under the chin gives a more defined facial structure. This is particularly picked up on photographs, and especially selfies!!
Only neck liposuction was performed on this charming lady.
WHAT OTHER PROCEDURES MAY BE PERFORMED WITH A NECK LIPOSUCTION?
OTHER BEFORE & AFTER CASES OF NECK LIPOSUCTION
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With a 3-D procedure, there are several layer of sutures, accurately placed to give the lifting, tightening and filling, without leaving any tell-tale pull-lines. Some are slow dissolving sutures, others are more permanent. The skin sutures are generally removed between 7 and 14 days.
Bleeding is not common as we pay close attention to proper hemostasis. On rare occasions, a small hematoma may collect.
Everyone will experience some numbness in the face: this resolves over weeks to months. This occurs because of the dissection of the face. This is not a complication.
Because of the dissection and repositioning of the tissues, it is common for there to be small differences in the smile between the right and left sides: this is usually only noticeable to the patient and to Dr. Patel! It recovers over a few weeks.
All faces have asymmetry and there will be some degree of asymmetry. This is to be expected.
Permanent weakness of nerves and muscles is rare.
The scars are usually very well hidden. However, some patients may have a tendency to cause hypertrophic scarring: in such cases, certain lasers and treatments will help. By-and-large, scars are rarely a problem. With Caucasian skin, pinkness of scars is to be expected for several weeks. With darker skin, some hyperpigmentation may occur.
In the first few days, everyone will experience some degree of dryness and blurry vision. You will also feel that your lids look a little tight on the outer corner where you will also feel some of the deeper sutures if you put your finger there: this is of no concern. The tightness and the bumps under the skin settle over a few weeks.
More serious complications which are very rare include excessive bleeding, hemorrhage and loss of vision.
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Saint George, UT 84790, USA