A Younger-Looking You
At times, no matter how much you diet and exercise, there are still areas of stubborn fat that refuse to disappear. In this case, many people choose liposuction as a way to remove fat from undesirable areas, such as the neck. Simply put, liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that removes fat by suctioning it out of a target area. At Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery in New Orleans neck liposuction is a procedure that specifically focuses on removing fat from the neck and jaw area in order to create a defined neck and jawline, which also creates younger-looking skin. Incisions are designed to be minimal, hidden behind the earlobes and in a crease below your chin, and are generally less than 1cm in size.
Remove Fat Deposits Under The Skin
By targeting your neck and jawline, this kind of liposuction can reduce the appearance of a double chin by removing fat deposits under the skin. It adds definition to your jawline, and results in a more sleek, chiseled look. It also removes fat from around the jaw in such a way as to create a natural, younger profile. It is also easily combined with other procedures, such as a facelift, to create an overall younger appearance.
Ideal candidates for neck liposuction are men and women who feel they have a “double chin” that does not seem to fluctuate with weight gain and loss.
Neck liposuction is also good for patients with beginning jowling. Ideal candidates also have good skin elasticity, otherwise, your skin may droop and sag after the procedure. If you have droopy and saggy skin in your neck, sometimes a facelift is a more ideal surgery for you. Finally, you should be in generally good health and be a nonsmoker, nor should you have any chronic diseases that may interfere with healing.
Because the neck and jaw are directly affected by the position of your chin, it is also common for patients undergoing neck liposuction to have chin implants placed at the same time to help create better proportions in the face after removing fat from under the chin. Sometimes, addressing the chin as well can give more desirable, ideal results and a sharper neck angle.
Also known as chin augmentation, a silicone chin implant is placed snugly around the existing bone of the chin, through either a crease below your chin or through a small incision on the inside of your mouth. This creates more enhanced contours for the chin and neck, which nicely complements the effects of neck liposuction, as well as more balanced facial aesthetics.
An Outpatient procedure
This is an outpatient procedure that can take up to two hours to complete, although it can go longer if it’s combined with other treatments. You will only need local anesthesia if performed alone, although you may need general anesthesia or sedation if you have several procedures done together.
When you arrive for neck liposuction New Orleans facial plastic surgeon Dr. Claire Melancon begins by making a series of tiny incisions in your skin. She will then insert cannulas, or thin tubes, under your skin to suction fat and reshape your neck. If you choose to have a chin implant, that procedure will also be completed at the same time, allowing Dr. Melancon to include your chin as she reshapes your neck and jawline.
Many patients are surprised to learn that despite the removal of fat from the neck, the results are actually not visible right away. The area might in fact look larger than you pictured, or even as if the area gained weight.
This is all completely normal, an effect of the swelling and fluid retention that will occur after your procedure. Because this can make you look bloated, your results won’t be visible. Instead, you will need to be patient and let the swelling fade, which can take up to 10 days. It’s also important to remember that your skin may be looser. While your skin can firm up over time, your age and skin elasticity may affect the final result. As your neck begins to heal, it can take up to two months before the area has completely settled into its new contours. As long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle and do not experience excessive weight gain, the results should be permanent.
After surgery is complete, you will wear a neck wrap to support healing in your neck and prevent unnecessary movement. You will keep this on for at least a week and possibly longer if needed. It’s important to avoid stretching and turning your neck, or any vigorous activity that can jar your body.
You can expect soreness, tenderness, and bruising in the area. You can apply cold compresses to help reduce any discomfort. This will also help the bruising and swelling fade faster. Most patients take at least a week off from work if not two.
If you have struggled with fat on your neck, no matter how much you work at maintaining a healthy lifestyle, neck liposuction may be the ideal way to treat this area and create the profile you’ve been working so hard to get. To find out more, contact Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. Melancon. She will examine you and review your medical history before recommending a treatment plan customized just for you. Call or email today.
If you have stubborn pockets of fat on your neck and jawline, along with good elasticity in your skin, then you might consider neck liposuction as a way to reshape your profile. You should wait to get neck liposuction if you believe you will be losing a lot of weight in the near future.
The price will depend on the extent of what you would like done and if you want to combine this procedure with other procedures, which is common. If you need assistance with payment, you can ask about financing.
During the procedure, you will be under anesthesia and feel nothing if you undergo sedation. If the procedure is done in the office under local anesthesia, you will only experience minimal discomfort during application of local anesthesia which is over very quickly. However, once anesthesia fades, there is likely to be some discomfort from soreness, swelling, aching, and bruising. This can usually be relieved by over-the-counter painkillers and should start to fade within a couple of days.
At Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery, we know one of the most challenging parts of this process is the first step. We are a welcoming, restful place for you to come and learn about all the ways you can live life to the fullest and be the most beautiful you. Call or click to schedule a consultation to learn how you can breathe easy at Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery.