Many individuals desire a smooth, youthful, and crisp neckline and jawline that enhances their overall appearance and makes them look as young as they feel. Neck liposuction is an easy and effective procedure with minimal downtime to help men and women achieve a more refined and thinner neck or underchin area. If you have stubborn fat in your neck, underchin, or along your jawline, neck liposuction may be an excellent procedure for you to take years off of your appearance for a boost in confidence and get rid off those turtle neck sweaters.
What is Neck Liposuction?
Neck liposuction is a procedure performed to remove excess fat from the neck, jawline, and under chin (submental) area, creating a more refined, crisp, and youthful appearance. During the Atlanta neck liposuction, dual board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Walker will eliminate the fat in your neck through tiny hidden access incisions with his signature neck sculpting liposuction. This helps minimize the jowls and appearance of a double chin. Oftentimes, the neck liposuction procedure is combined with a chin implant, platysma plication to get rid of those vertical neckbands in the front, or facial filler to further improve the results.
Who is a Good Candidate for Neck Liposuction?
Men and women of any age as young as in their 20s who wish to eliminate stubborn fat under the chin and along the jawline can benefit from neck liposuction. The ideal candidates for neck liposuction at Dr. Walker’s Atlanta Facial Plastics center are interested in addressing excess fat from beneath their jawline, are physically healthy, have firm skin with good muscle tone, and have an optimistic outlook on their procedure.
How is the Neck Liposuction Procedure Done?
Anesthesia requirements for this procedure depend upon the client’s needs, wishes, and the exact procedures being performed. If liposuction alone is being done, the procedure may be performed under local anesthesia with a relaxing medication to maintain your comfort and can be done in the office.
During the procedure, Dr. Walker will create small hidden access incisions under the chin and below the earlobes. Through these tiny incisions, he will use a liposuction cannula to remove excess fat permanently. Oftentimes, he will choose the tumescent technique, in which a numbing solution is combined with sterile saline and injected into the treatment area to help minimize bleeding and maximize comfort. Neck liposuction can be performed alone or in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures such as skin tightening, chin augmentation, or platysma plication (neck lift) for vertical neck bands to achieve the desired look. Sutures will be used to carefully close any incision sites.
Neck Liposuction Recovery
Following your neck liposuction procedure, Dr. Walker may recommend that you wear compression garments to help control swelling and bruising. They also assist in optimizing results and expedite the recovery overall for the quickest and best outcome possible. On average, the recovery time for neck liposuction is 1-2 weeks, though it may take up to four weeks for all swelling and bruising to subside. The majority of clients can return to their everyday activities within one week, however, be sure to follow Dr. Walker’s specific instructions on when you can return to strenuous activities. Optimal results can be expected within the first few months following the procedure, and due to the small incision site, scarring is usually not a consideration.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are interested in learning more about neck liposuction for a more youthful appearance, contact WalkerMD today to schedule your concierge consultation appointment with Dr. Walker. During this appointment, you will meet and speak with Dr. Walker to create a unique treatment plan that will help you meet your aesthetic goals.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does neck liposuction cost?
The cost of neck liposuction can vary, depending on several factors, including the amount of treatment needed for your desired outcome, treatment location (office vs. operating room), among other factors. After a thorough assessment, Dr. Walker will create a customized treatment plan for your needs and desires. During your consultation, a member of Dr. Walker’s team can also discuss payment methods and where you can find low-interest financing for your neck liposuction procedure. Although finances are important, you should focus on finding a skilled and caring surgeon you trust rather than on the cost associated with your procedure. Dr. Walker’s team will be happy to go over financing options with you.
Does insurance cover the cost of neck liposuction?
Neck liposuction is considered a cosmetic procedure and therefore is not covered by insurance.
Will I have visible scarring after neck liposuction?
Dr. Walker places small incisions for neck liposuction in areas where they can be easily concealed. The incision below your chin is precisely placed into your pre-existing skin crease, and the tiny incisions below the earlobes, if necessary, heal beautifully without visible long-term scarring. All incisions are therefore designed to fall into natural folds of your skin or just below your jawline where they will be virtually invisible. Dr. Walker or a member of his team will go over scar management options as part of your post-procedure instructions so your incisions heal the best way possible.
Will the fat come back after neck liposuction?
Neck liposuction removes fat cells permanently from the neck so it cannot re-grow even if you gain some general body weight. However, if you gain a large amount of weight following a liposuction procedure, your neck may get larger since the remaining fat cells will expand. Dr. Walker recommends you be at a stable and final target weight before you undergo a neck liposuction.
Should I get a neck lift or neck liposuction?
During your consultation, Dr. Walker will help you understand if you should undergo a neck lift, neck liposuction, or both. In general, a lift helps remove excess skin, while neck liposuction reduces fat. The two procedures are complementary to each other and address different issues. In many cases, getting both a neck lift and neck liposuction can yield beautiful results for a smooth, even neckline. During your consultation with Dr. Walker, he will listen to your goals, address your concerns, and create a unique treatment plan with you and for you.
Can neck liposuction be combined with other facial procedures?
Neck liposuction is often combined with other procedures such as a neck lift, facial fillers, or chin implant placement.
Are there non-surgical alternatives to neck liposuction?
Although neck liposuction is a minor surgical procedure, a non-surgical alternative is Kybella®. Kybella® is a synthetically-made enzyme we naturally have in our bile that dissolves fat. The advantage of Kybella® is that it does not need any small access incisions and is not considered a surgical procedure. The disadvantage is that most patients require multiple sessions of Kybella® and oftentimes the number of sessions is slightly unpredictable. Plus the contouring during a neck liposuction can be done more precisely than with Kybella®. There is a misconception among clients regarding the downtime of the two procedures. The downtime for Kybella® and neck liposuction is actually quite similar as Kybella® also leads to bruising and swelling. Liposuction removes the excess fat mechanically pulling it out of your body, whereas Kybella destroys the fat cells in your body but the fat stays behind and gets cleared through your immune system, a process which takes a few weeks. Neck liposuction always works as it mechanically removes the fat, whereas Kybella® relies on “chemical” processes and your immune system to get rid off the stubborn fat.