A well-defined neck silhouette is a sign of youthfulness and beauty. As one ages, a combination of loose, hanging skin and the accumulation of fat under the chin contribute to the loss of a well-defined neck. Even though diet and exercise may dramatically improve appearance. Some areas in the face and neck often do not respond like the rest of the body. For these resistant areas, liposuction may be the answer. The area most often involved is under the chin, in the upper portion of the neck. It is an elective procedure that allows the surgeon to remove undesirable, subcutaneous fat in specific areas that do not respond to diet and exercise. It is sometimes completed at the same time with orthognathic surgery or chin augmentation.
Patients with good skin tone who have fatty deposits receive the best results from facial liposuction. It is not a treatment for obesity. If weight gain occurs following liposuction, the fat will be deposited in areas that have not been treated. The procedure can be repeated, if necessary. To maintain the safety of the procedure, there is a limit on how much can be done at one time. A variety of factors can affect the results: physical condition, genetic makeup, diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol intake, and skin elasticity.
The liposuction procedure
The procedure is performed in our surgery center under general anesthesia. Small and discrete incisions (less than ½ inch) are made in the face or neck. A cannula is inserted into the incision and fat is removed under negative suction. After the operation patients may experience slight bruising around the area that quickly fades. Normal activities can be performed immediately. Depending on the site and amount of liposuction, we may suggest the use of support garment during the healing period. The results of liposuction are usually permanent. If you were to gain a large amount of weight you might note rippling in the treated areas, depending on your skin elasticity.