As we age, certain areas of the body can accumulate fat that is hard to lose, in spite of a healthy diet and vigorous exercise. The neck is one such area. Fatty deposits in the neck can detract from the appearance of the entire body, making a younger person seem older, or a fit person seem out of shape. Liposuction can give this area a new streamlined contour, enhancing the effect of facial features and improving the profile. Liposuction in this area produces consistently good results, and has a particularly high satisfaction rate.
If you're considering liposuction of the neck, the following information will provide you with a good introduction to the procedure. For more detailed information about how this procedure may help you, we recommend that you consult a facial surgeon who is board certified or has completed a residency program that includes instruction in this procedure.
*Neck Liposuction cost including all fees (anesthesia, facility and location) typically varies between $3,000 and 5,500.
Compared to other, more extensive types of plastic surgery, neck liposuction is one of the cheaper and more affordable procedures.
Neck Liposuction is a procedure with permanent results.
- What are some of the most common benefits of this procedure?
- How is neck liposuction performed?
- How long does the procedure take?
- Will I need to stay in a hospital?
- How much pain is there?
- What can I expect afterward?
- What is the recovery period like?
- What is the long-term outcome like for most people?
- How long do the results last?
- Ideal candidate
- Other important information
- Risks and limitations
What are some of the most common benefits of neck liposuction?
The face and neck are usually the first features we notice when we meet someone new, so improvements in this area can create a dramatic change. A firm, trim neck gives the face a more youthful look. Sometimes just having this procedure done provides an incentive to make healthier lifestyle choices, and maintain fitness in the rest of the body. Patients who have been self-conscious about their bulging necklines often feel more comfortable wearing a range of clothing and jewelry styles after liposuction.
How is neck liposuction performed?
During the procedure, the surgeon makes a tiny incision in the skin, typically in the crease just under the chin or behind the ear lobes. He/she next inserts a thin tube called a cannula into the fatty area. The cannula is used to break up the fat deposits and sculpt the area to the desired proportions. The unwanted fat is removed with a high pressure vacuum, leaving the skin, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels intact.
In the super-wet technique, a saline solution containing a local anesthetic and adrenaline is injected into the area to be treated, which makes the fat deposits easier to break up and extract. This extra fluid also minimizes trauma to the surrounding tissue, reducing swelling and post-operative pain. The administration of adrenaline also decreases bleeding during surgery, further reducing risks.
The tumescent technique, in which even larger amounts of liquid solution are injected, has similar benefits.
A relatively new method, ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL), uses sound waves to liquefy the fat after the injection of fluids. Like the super-wet and tumescent techniques, UAL minimizes trauma, bruising and blood loss. UAL is particularly useful on fibrous areas of the body.
An earlier method of liposuction, called dry liposuction because no liquefying agent was used, required general anesthesia. This technique is not in frequent use today.
The technique chosen for your operation will be determined by a combination of factors, including the precise area to be treated, the amount of fat to be removed, your surgeon's training and experience, and your preferences.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure takes about one hour.
Will I need to stay in a hospital?
If you have no medical problems, the procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis, either in your doctor's office or in an outpatient clinic. It may be performed under local anesthesia with light sedation, local anesthesia and deep sedation, or general anesthesia. The longer the procedure is expected to take, the more likely that general anesthesia will be recommended. You may be allowed to return home within a few hours of the surgery, and spend the night in the comfort of your own home. If you have other medical problems, concurrent procedures, or a lengthier procedure performed under general anesthesia, it may be necessary to spend the night in the hospital so your recovery process can be monitored by a medical staff.
How much pain is there?
The procedure is most often done with a local anesthetic. The pain during the procedure is most often minimal, although you may feel pressure, movement, or a vibrating sensation.
What can I expect afterward?
Your neck may be stiff and store for a few days, and you may experience some pain, burning, swelling, bleeding or temporary numbness. If necessary, your doctor can prescribe medication to relieve this initial discomfort.
Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic ointment to prevent infection at the incision sites. Your stitches will be removed in a week to 10 days, unless they dissolve on their own. You will be fitted with a compression band to cut down on swelling and to hold your neck in its new shape until the tissues have adjusted.
What is the recovery period like?
Most of the bruising and swelling should subside within three weeks. You should be able to return to work within a week, or even within a few days if your work is fairly sedentary. Remember that you will be wearing the compression band for several weeks after your surgery to ensure that your neck stays firmly shaped.
What is the long-term outcome like for most people?
Most people are pleased with the new contour of their necks and often feel a boost in energy and self-confidence. Although liposuction cannot alter skin quality or muscle tone, and should not be a substitute for regular exercise and a balanced diet, your neck will always be slimmer than it would be if you hadn't had this procedure.
Even though the neck size has been reduced, there may be extra skin once the fat has been removed. Although wearing the compression band will help to firm the area, this extra skin may sag, especially if your skin elasticity is poor. It may be necessary to perform a neck lift or face lift, either concurrently or after this procedure.
How long do the results last?
The fat cells are permanently removed by liposuction, so you will not regain weight in that area.
In general, the best candidates for neck liposuction:
- Have specific fat pockets that are resistant to diet and exercise.
- Do not have frequent fluctuations in weight.
- Desire reshaping and not weight loss.
- Have relatively firm, elastic skin.
- Have had no previous surgery in the area where liposuction is desired.
- Are psychologically stable.
- Do not smoke.
- Are well informed about the procedure.
- Are accepting of any limitations, as discussed with surgeon.
- Hold realistic expectations about the outcome.
The above is only a partial list of the criteria that your surgeon will consider in determining whether or not this procedure is appropriate for you.
Other important information:
Since the normal aging process affects the firmness and elasticity of the skin, older patients may not experience results as dramatic as those typically achieved in younger patients.
Neck liposuction is often performed in conjunction with neck lift or face lift.
Neck Liposuction Risks and Limitations:
Although liposuction is the most commonly performed cosmetic facial surgery procedure in the United States, and the majority of these operations are successful, there are risks and limitations to the procedure, as with any surgery.
After surgery, some patients experience dimpling, lumpiness, numbness, scarring, discoloration, or sagging skin in the treated area. Following your doctor's instruction, both before and after surgery, will help minimize these problems. Follow-up surgery may be needed in some cases.
UAL liposuction may cause friction burns to the skin or to the internal organs. More serious complications include blood clots, infection, excessive fluid loss leading to shock, fluid build-up in the lungs, and drug overdose. A combination of the following factors is associated with an increased risk of serious complications:
- The removal of large amounts of fat.
- More than one procedure being performed at the same time.
- The use of general anesthesia.
The national average of 2007 cost of neck liposuction was $2,982. Regional averages: New England states: $2,746 Middle Atlantic states: $2,289 North Central states: $2,277 South Central states: $2,246 and Mountain/Pacific states: $2,699. These fees do not include anesthesia, operating room facility, hospital stay, and other related expenses.
The information on this web site is only intended as an introduction to this procedure and should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor as a guarantee of the result. The best method of determining your options is to consult qualified surgeons who are able to answer specific questions related to your situation.
*Disclaimer: Sources: American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), nationally in 2007, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), nationally in 2010, and Liposuctioncost.com. Most surgeons offer convenient payments plans for this procedure. Cost does not include anesthesia, operating room facility, hospital stay, and other related expenses. Costs may vary depending the extensiveness of the procedure, location, and other factors. Costs are provided solely for research purposes. We are not a plastic surgery company and do not represent any plastic surgeons. For specific estimates, please contact a qualified plastic surgeon.