If you have any unwanted neck fat, including a double chin, you may be a good candidate for neck liposuction. Neck liposuction, or lipoplasty, creates a younger appearance and helps define the chin. During a neck lift, liposuction isn’t often used without one of the other neck lift procedures, which remove excess skin and a banded appearance.
Neck liposuction starts with local or general anesthesia (a decision which usually depends on the needs of the patient and the complexity of the procedure). The surgeon creates a tiny incision below the chin and sometimes also behind the ears. The surgeon inserts the cannula into one of the incisions. A cannula is a small, tube-shaped medical instrument used to break up areas of fatty tissue. It is attached to a medical suction device, which removes the separated pieces of fat. After the undesirable fat is removed, the incision is closed with medical glue or sutures. Since neck lifts are combinations of multiple procedures, they can take several hours.
Once the neck liposuction procedure is complete, it is important to follow the surgeon’s recommended recovery guidelines. Antibiotics can be helpful for avoiding potential infections. Swelling is a normal part of recovering from neck lifts and other plastic surgery procedures; the unfortunate part is that this makes it difficult to appreciate the cosmetic changes. In three to six months, this swelling will subside, and you will be able to fully appreciate your cosmetically improved neck area.
If you’re ready to make your fatty deposits disappear with neck liposuction, it’s time to pay a visit to Dr. Stanley A. Okoro. Dr. Okoro is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon with offices in Atlanta and Marietta. Contact our office today to set up a consultation.