Liposuction of the Chin and Neck

Restoration of the aesthetic neck contour is a frequent reason for consultation at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York®. Patients of a broad spectrum of ages are seen for improvement in the appearance of their necks. Patients often complain that the excessive fullness of the neck often makes them either look over weight or aged.

One of the treatment options is surgical rejuvenation of the neck area. These options include liposuction alone of the neck, or liposuction combined with surgical tightening of the deeper tissues of the neck. Some patients also require face-lifting procedures combined with the neck rejuvenation procedure. Multiple factors are considered when deciding on which option is best for the patient, the most important being skin elasticity. Good skin elasticity is usually seen in younger patients and patients with less sun damage. These patients respond well to liposuction alone of the superficial fat of the neck. The neck skin in most patients then retracts well. The liposuction procedure can be performed in the office setting with local anesthesia. This can be supplemented by light sedation. Dilute local anesthetic is infiltrated into the fat, following which the fat is loosened and aspirated. Blood loss is usually negligible. Minimal pain is experienced during the recovery period. Patients are requested to wear a compressive band for a week post operatively. Bruising and swelling is usually slight and resolves within 10 to 14 days.

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