What is liposuction?
Liposuction, also called lipoplasty, or lipo, is a cosmetic surgery procedure performed to break up and suction fat from any part of the body where it has collected over time. Liposuction permanently removes these fat cells thereby altering the shape of the area being addressed.
The locations most commonly addressed with liposuction are the chin, neck, upper arms, abdomen, waist, back, thighs, and calves.
Liposuction is the most common cosmetic operation in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Over 400,000 procedures are carried out in the United States each year.
Who is a good candidate for liposuction?
A good candidate for liposuction is a healthy individual, with a realistic outlook and with a relatively stable weight who is seeking to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat.
Liposuction is a body contouring technique and has not been proven as an effective treatment for obesity. Also, the liposuction technique is not designed to tighten the skin. If your skin has not retained sufficient elasticity some wrinkling or excess skin may be noticed after the procedure. This can usually be corrected with skin tightening surgery.
Certain health factors may work against a patient receiving or benefitting from liposuction. You need to let your doctor know of any health conditions you have and any medications you take, as this can help him decide whether this procedure will be right for you.
Why would someone need or want liposuction of the neck and chin?
The neck and jaw area is one of the first things people notice when they look at your face. Fat pockets, a double chin, or jowls can easily detract from an individual’s appearance, making the person look tired and old.
Over the course of time, fatty deposits can form in the lower face, chin and neck. The fat collections don’t usually metabolize easily or reduce with diet and exercise. They rarely improve with weight loss.
Chin and neck liposuction can do a great deal to heighten an individual’s feelings of confidence and youth.
Chin and neck liposuction for double chin removal
Whether you are young or old, having a double chin can detract from an otherwise attractive face. Skin can sag and fat can collect under the chin and in the front of the neck, causing a fullness commonly called a “double chin”.
The fat causing the double chin can be removed with liposuction. Here, a thin tube called a cannula is inserted into the fatty area; the fat is disrupted and removed. If the skin has retained sufficient elasticity, it may contract and tighten on its own. If not, a neck lift, a procedure that also tightens the skin, may be the proper procedure to use.
Chin and neck liposuction can be done under local anesthesia. Recovery is very quick, with most people returning to normal activities within a few days.
Neck and chin liposuction for men and women
Both men and women can find themselves in need of neck and chin liposuction. When fat collects in the lower part of the face, jowls or a double chin can form, aging the entire face.
Chin and neck liposuction can reduce the excess fat under the jowls, chin and neck, thereby lifting the face and bringing back the youthful appearance the person once had.
The jawline becomes enhanced and facial features look more aesthetic and balanced.
How is liposuction performed?
Your doctor will have already discussed with you any preparations you need to make for the liposuction procedure and which areas will be addressed.
- When it’s time to start, a plastic surgeon or surgical nurse will prepare your chin and neck by sterilizing and draping the area. The surgeon will mark the area with a pen.
- You’ll then receive either local or sedation anesthesia. When liposuction is performed on smaller areas, such as the chin and neck, local anesthetic may be used. Which type of anesthetic is right for your situation will already have been discussed in one of your consultations with your plastic surgeon. At this point, you may also receive a sedative.
- Once the area has been prepared and the anesthetic has taken effect, the plastic surgeon will make a small incision and insert a thin tube (the cannula) attached to a suction tube into the areas of excess fat. The excess fat is “vacuumed” from the target areas with this suction procedure.
The length of time in surgery depends on the number of areas and amount of fat to be addressed.
After your surgery
You will be sent home after your liposuction with specific instruction for aftercare, any needed prescriptions, and an appointment for post-surgical follow-up. Here are some of the things to expect after liposuction surgery:
- You may leave with tiny surgical drains in each incision site. The drains prevent fluid buildup and encourage rapid healing.
- You will need to wear a tight compression garment over the surgical area.
- Taking regular short walks is recommended, but avoid strenuous exercise until your surgical team gives you the okay.
- When you come in for your next appointment (usually within a few days) the plastic surgeon will likely remove the surgical drains (if you have them) and let you know when you can remove the compression garment.
- Once the swelling goes down, you’ll be able to see the great results of your procedure.
- Fat deposits usually do not return as long as your weight remains stable.
If the patient is young and his or her skin is still elastic, liposuction will frequently be enough to lift the neck area. However, more frequently, chin liposuction and neck liposuction should be followed by a skin tightening procedure.
Safety of chin and neck liposuction
Complications related to liposuction are more likely to occur when a very large area of the body is being treated, or when an extreme amount of fat is being removed during one surgery.
In general, the smaller the area that needs to be addressed with liposuction, the less risk is posed by the procedure. This makes chin and neck lipo quite safe.
The most important factor in the safety of any surgical procedure is the experience and expertise of the surgeon performing the operation. You must always make sure your plastic surgeon is board-certified. Board certification ensures the plastic surgeon has had the additional training and passed rigorous exams on cosmetic surgery procedures, including liposuction. Dr. Ganchi is a top board-certified NJ plastic surgeon.
If you are concerned about having deposits of excess fat located anywhere on your body, including your chin and neck, that have not responded to a normal diet and exercise routine, liposuction may be right for you. Come in for a consultation and we can discuss your options.