Neck Liposuction At A Glance
- Best Results1 treatment
- Treatment Recovery3-7 days
- Procedure Time40 min
- Skin SpecialistDr Davin Lim
- Duration of ResultsMany years
- AnaestheticSedation & anesthesia
- Back to Work4-7 days
- Cost $$$-$$$$
FactsFacts on Neck Liposuction
- This is a minimal surgical approach to remove under chin fat
- It take 30 to 40 minutes to perform under light sedation
- Results are immediate & predictable
- Expect mild bruising for several days
- In most cases skin quality (laxity) can also be treated
- People with ‘pinchable’ under chin fat are ideal candidates
- Other options include fat dissolving injections & Coolsculpting
What is involved in neck liposuction?
As the name suggests, neck liposuction involves taking fat out of the under chin area. This procedure is very different compared to fat dissolving injections or Coolsculpting as these procedures rely on your immune system to remove & dissolve fat.
The results following liposuction are seen immediately after the procedure & are very predictable. In contrast, injections, cooling & heating fat will require several sessions & take up to 3 months to see results.
Neck liposuction is conducted under mild anaesthesia in an operating room. It takes approximately 40 minutes to perform the procedure.
Who are ideal candidates for neck liposuction?
If you have demonstrable pinchable fat, & maintain a steady weight, this procedure can give you an excellent & importantly a predictable outcome. The more under chin ‘pinchable’ fat you have, the better the outcome.
Who are unsuitable candidates for neck liposuction?
Patients with neck laxity with little or no under chin fat are not suited for liposuction. You must have a demonstrable amount of fat for liposuction to work. This phenotype will benefit from surgical neck lifting or thread lifting (pros & cons to be discussed with your plastic surgeon).
What other solutions do I provide for under chin fat- double chins?
Other treatments I perform for under chin fat include fat dissolving injections (trade name Kybella or Belkyra) as well as cryolipolysis or Coolsculpting.
Injections are useful for small pockets of fat under the chin. For significant ‘pinchable fat’ liposuction is far better, with less overall downtime & costs.
For patients who are risk adversed to surgery or injections, I also use Coolsculpting Mini for double chins. Skin tightening can be achieved with Pelleve – Tempsure, HIFU, as well as RF devices. For non-surgical options, book an obligation FREE consultation with my clinical team.
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Is neck liposuction painful?
No. I perform this procedure under mild sedation. Additionally tumescent local anesthesia ensures patient comfort levels. The procedure itself takes 40 minutes to perform. After the procedure there may be a dull ache that can be subdued with simple paracetamol.
When will I notice the results?
Immediately after the procedure you will notice an improvement in the amount of fat under the chin. Additionally, the angle of your chin will be improved. Swelling may hind the true effects for another few days, however results will continue to improve over the course of a week.
In cases where I perform laser or RFM, maximal results will be seen 6 to 8 weeks post procedure, when collagen stimulation is maximal.
How good are the results compared to Coolsculpting or fat melting injections?
Results are predictable following liposuction, & unlike Coolsculpting or injections, patients can see immediate improvement in the under-chin area. Most patients will also get an improvement in skin quality.
How many sessions will I require?
One. The majority of patients will require a single session. This compares favorably with 2 to 4 sessions of fat dissolving injections or cryolipolysis (Coolsculpting).
Are the results permanent?
In the context of fat removal yes, however the caveat is if you gain weight, fat cells can increase. Fat contains stem cells. These stem cells can be signaled to reproduce adipocytes or fat cells. Hence it is important to be within 2-4% of your body weight after the procedure.
Skin tightening often lasts between 5 to 15 years. Obviously one procedure can not tighten skin for life. Simple maintenance treatments can help keep skin taut & youthful.
What are the risks of neck liposuction?
This procedure is minimally invasive with low risks. Bruising after neck liposuction is not uncommon & part of the healing up process. If bruising is significant, I use a vascular laser to speed up recovery.
Complications such as asymmetry, due to focal areas of residual fat are very rare. These can easily be treated with fat dissolving injections (Kybella).
Banding can occur due to contraction of skin. In some cases it is due to overactive platysma muscles. This is easily treated with muscle relaxing injections. In rare cases platysma plication is indicated.
Does liposuction treat skin quality?
We do see some contraction of skin, even though liposuction primarily treats fat. The reasons behind this is still unknown. A possible explanation is release of fibrous bands within the fat layer. This results in reduction of wrinkles in most (but not all) patients.
What other modalities do I use to tighten & rejuvenate the neck?
I employ many techniques to rejuvenate the neck. Essentially for neck rejuvenation we aim to improve skin quality, this can be achieved with lasers including vascular, pigment, & collagen stimulating devices.
Tightening can be achieved with HIFU, RF as well as dermal filler & thread lifting. A tailored approach will give the best results.
What is the relationship between the neck, chin & jawline?
This is an important concept to understand. It is called skin vectoring & volume displacement. The neck, jawling, & chin are all connected. By treating the chin & the angle of the jaw, skin tightening can occur. This can give a sharper transition between the jawline & the neck.
Try this; place a finger 2 inches below your earlobe (vertically below). This is the back of the jawbone (called the mandible). As one ages there is bony absorption of this area. Fillers replace bone in this area. Now gently pull back on this point. See how the jawline & neck improves? In some cases by augmentation of the chin, we get an opposite vector towards the front. This improves the jawline angle & the neck even more.
What is the cost of neck rejuvenation?
Treatments start from $3990 for basic liposuction. In some cases, I combine liposuction with RF (radiofrequency) & or fractional laser resurfacing. These adjunctive procedures address issues such as skin quality & textural changes.
Unlike fat dissolving injections & Coolsculpting mini, liposuction is predictable. This means it physically removes fat, rather than relying on your immune system to clear fat cells from an area (how injections & Coolsculpting work).
Davin’s Viewpoint on Neck Liposuction
Neck liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure with excellent & predictable results. It is my favored method of reducing under chin fat. The procedure has a downtime of only a few days, though bruising may take up to one week to recover. It compares favorably with fat dissolving injections like Kybella or Belkyra which has similar downtimes (but requires more treatments).
Though neck liposuction treats the adipocytes (removal of fat cells), it can also contract dermal collagen, resulting in improvement of skin laxity. Most often I compound this effect with RF or radiofrequency treatments with liposuction.
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