Neck liposuction and a neck lift procedure each address specific concerns about the neck and the area under the jaw. Seek a fellowship-trained specialist in facial plastic surgery to help determine the most appropriate approach for you.
Neck Liposuction Versus a Neck Lift: Which Procedure is the Most Appropriate for Me?
Dr. Jeffrey Harmon
Changes Can Occur in All Layers of the Neck
Changes can occur at all layers of the neck with aging. The skin and muscles of the neck loosen, forming bands. Fat accumulates immediately below the skin and deep to the neck muscles. These changes can cause the jawline to lose definition and the neck to appear poorly defined.
Neck Liposuction and a Neck Lift are Two Options for the Neck
Individuals who present with concerns about their neck and/or the area under their jaw may benefit from either neck liposuction or a neck lift procedure. However, a detailed history and physical exam should always be performed prior to making this decision.
Neck Liposuction Alone May Be Good for Younger Individuals
Neck liposuction, which involves the careful placement of small incisions hidden under the chin and sometimes behind the earlobes, can be a good option to treat patients who have accumulated fat close to the surface of their skin but with minimal skin and muscle changes. Neck liposuction tends to be a better procedure for younger individuals.
This younger patient demonstrated excess fat across her neck and the area under her chin, called the submentum. No excess skin or loose muscle was present. This patient was an excellent candidate for neck liposuction only. She could not be happier with her results only one week after surgery.
This younger patient demonstrated excess fat only in the area immediately under her jaw, called the submental area. As a result, she desired a more subtle result. She is thrilled with her results four months after surgery.
A Neck Lift May be More Appropriate for More Complex Changes
A neck lift is meant to address more complex changes to the neck more comprehensively, including the skin, muscle, and both superficial and deep fat. The superficial neck fat is usually removed under direct visualization with specialized instruments during a neck lift in Cincinnati. Performing only liposuction, especially aggressive liposuction, on an individual who is experiencing more complex age-related changes to their neck increases the risk of the skin scarring to the hanging muscle bands, worsening the appearance of the banding.
Trust Your Face to a Facial Plastic Surgeon
It is important to seek a fellowship-trained specialist in plastic surgery of the neck and face when you have concerns about your neck and/or the area under your jaw.
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