When fat resides in the neck, it can often give an individual a “double chin” appearance. Dr. Leo Lapuerta uses liposuction in this area to help Houston, Katy, and Pearland patients achieve a sleeker, more defined neck. Liposuction has the ability to garner excellent improvements to the appearance of the neck and profile. However, for individuals with loose and sagging skin, a neck lift may be warranted. In addition, patients born with limited bone support may want to consider a chin implant or genioplasty. During the initial consultation, the appropriate assessments will be made to gain insight as to whether neck liposuction will be enough to attain the desired results.
During liposuction, a small incision will be made just below the chin and excess fat will be removed from the neck through a cannula. Most surgeons prefer to use the tumescent (“superwet”) liposuction technique. During this approach, a liquid made up of saline, a numbing agent and a substance that controls bleeding will be injected. This procedure may be a stand-alone procedure but, in most cases, it used in unison with the neck lift. Dr. Lapuerta also offers Kybella as an alternative non-surgical approach to neck liposuction.
Once the fat has been removed from the neck, incisions are made under the chin and near the ears to allow the surgeon access to the neck muscles. At this time, the muscles will be pulled tight and the overlying skin will be stretched and re-draped over the neck so the desired definition and contour is attained. A drain may be placed under the skin to help collect fluid and blood, but this drain is usually removed within 24-48 hours. If a combination procedure is taking place, such as a facelift, the neck lift will most likely occur after the facelift has been completed.
All neck liposuction procedures are performed in an accredited surgical facility under general anesthesia. Following surgery, patients will wear a compression garment to control swelling. Patients who have a combined surgery of neck liposuction plus a lift will have a longer recovery period. During the first follow-up visit, when all bandages are removed, patients will be able to see the results immediately.
The cost for neck liposuction will vary. On average, patients can expect to pay between $2,000-$3,500 with additional cost if any accompanying surgeries took place.