Neck or “cervical” liposuction is a procedure to remove fat under the chin and neck. Depending on the patient’s anatomy, it is sometimes combined with a procedure to tighten the muscles of the neck, called a “submentoplasty.” Our board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Jess Prischmann, can also perform both procedures in combination with a facelift.
In the last several years, non-surgical methods of fat removal, such as KYBELLA®, have also become popular. Having extensive experience in both surgical and non-surgical procedures, Dr. Prischmann can help patients decide which method will yield the best results for them.
Who is a good candidate?
- Stable weight
- Younger patient without significant excess skin or jowling
- Favorable anatomy. Patients with very small chins or low hyoids are generally not good candidates.
- Appropriate expectations
How is the procedure performed?
Neck liposuction and/or submentoplasty is performed under mild sedation in a procedure or operating room setting. Small incisions are placed under the chin and neck. If a submentoplasty is performed, a “T”-shaped incision is sometimes used. This procedure can be combined with a chin implant.
What is the recovery?
Downtime from work following neck liposuction and/or submentoplasty is about one week. Activity is restricted in the first few days after the procedure to limit the risk of bleeding or fluid collections. Sutures are removed on day 7. Bruising may last for 2 to 3 weeks. Patients may feel some temporary lumpiness under the chin for several weeks after the procedure. Patients might also feel some tightness (resolves over time) if a submentoplasty is performed. It is not generally considered a painful procedure.
Please contact us today to schedule a confidential consultation. Dr. Prischmann can answer all of your questions about neck liposuction and help you decide if this procedure is the right option for your needs.