For some individuals, the neck is a trouble spot. Fat collects here, resulting in a double chin or heavy jowls. Neck liposuction can address this issue specifically. During the procedure, the excess fat that detracts from facial angularity is removed in order to restore the youthful appearance of the neck.
What is Neck Liposuction?
During liposuction, your plastic surgeon first treats the area with a tumescent solution to firm the fat, then inserts a fine cannula attached to a suctioning device. The cannula is used to break up and vacuum out the fat. The treatment area for this procedure is the neck, though liposuction can be used on many parts of the body including the abdomen, arms, thighs and buttocks.
Who Can Benefit?
Those who are bothered by the appearance of their double chin may benefit from neck liposuction, although not all individuals who receive neck liposuction have a double chin. If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, you may want to consider neck liposuction:
- Neck bands
- Fat deposits below the chin
- Hidden neck contours
Ideal candidates for neck liposuction will also have decent skin tone, adequate skin elasticity, and good general health.
The Neck Liposuction Procedure
Before the procedure begins, photos are usually taken to achieve an accurate measurement of the contours of the neck, and the incision sites are marked. Next, the areas to be treated are thoroughly cleansed and local anesthesia is administered.
Small incisions will be made either on each side of the neck or as a single incision under the chin. Next, a tumescent solution containing diluted lidocaine is injected into the area. A cannula is used to dislodge and suction out the fat through a plastic tube that is powered by a high-pressure vacuum mechanism.
Neck Liposuction Aftercare
Downtime for neck liposuction is relatively short. You can expect swelling for the first 3-5 days that can be alleviated by the use of a chinstrap designed to lightly contract the skin. If you are concerned with visible evidence of the procedure, it may be a good idea to wear clothing with high necks or scarves for the first days or weeks after treatment.
Learn More About Neck Liposuction in Raleigh-Durham
If neck liposuction sounds like a promising solution for you, please do not hesitate to contact us in Chapel Hill, NC to set up a consultation. We at the UNC Burn Reconstruction & Aesthetic Center in the Plastic Surgery Division are available to take your questions and concerns about the risk, benefits and cost of neck liposuction.