When fat resides in the neck, or under the chin, it can sometimes give an individual a “double chin” look. Neck liposuction can be used in this area to help remove isolated pockets of fat and create a slimmer, sleeker neck appearance. This procedure, performed by Fleming Island plastic surgeon, Dr. William Wallace can change a person's profile, making excellent improvements to the lower face. Some patients may also incorporate Kybella, which is an injection also offered by our practice that helps break up and remove fat under the chin. A combination of neck liposuction and Kybella has produced gorgeous outcomes for many of our patients. During the consultation, Dr. Wallace will assess the chin and neck to create a treatment plan to address the aesthetic goals of the patient. It is also important to note that patients with loose and sagging skin may be better candidates for a surgical neck lift, which addresses loose skin in the neck.
"Dr. Wallace is one of the most caring and talented doctors I have ever met. And as a paraplegic I have worked with quite a few."- S. / Healthgrades / Jul 10, 2017
"He answered every question in detail, was very knowledgeable, and quick to get back to me. His office staff is stellar, especially Erin, who I had to keep in touch with quite a bit regarding my insurance. I recommend him to everyone who is looking for a plastic surgeon in our area."- C.K. / Google / Sep 03, 2018
"Dr. Wallace did a scar revision on my daughter after an accident left her with nerves bundled at the top of the scar. He was able to not only minimize the scar appearance but also got rid of the nerve pain that she experienced daily. Now she will be back to wearing boots and strappy sandals!! Thank you Dr. Wallace!"- M.A. / Google / Aug 15, 2018
"Dr Wallace and all of his staff are very nice and professional!! Highly recommend Fleming Island Plastic surgery!!"- B.P. / Google / Aug 15, 2018
"Dr. Wallace is awesome and helped me in such a quick manner. I had to get stitches and he was on call on a Sunday when I needed him. He arrived to the ER where I was within 10 minutes and got me all stitched up in no time. I recently Went to his office to have stitches removed and the entire staff was very helpful and friendly. Stitches are out and you cannot even see where I had them! Perfect precision. Would definitely recommend Fleming Island Plastic Surgery and Dr. Wallace."- D.H. / Yelp / Aug 14, 2018
During liposuction, a small incision will be made just below the chin and excess fat will be removed from the neck through a cannula. Most surgeons prefer to use the tumescent (“superwet”) liposuction technique. During this approach, a liquid made up of saline, a numbing agent and a substance that controls bleeding will be injected. This procedure may be a stand-alone procedure but, in most cases, it used in unison with the neck lift.
Once the fat has been removed from the neck, incisions are made under the chin and near the ears to allow the surgeon access to the neck muscles. At this time, the muscles will be pulled tight and the overlying skin will be stretched and re-draped over the neck so the desired definition and contour is attained. A drain may be placed under the skin to help collect fluid and blood, but this drain is usually removed within 24-48 hours. If a combination procedure is taking place, such as a facelift, the neck lift will most likely occur after the facelift has been completed.
All neck liposuction procedures are performed in an accredited surgical facility under general anesthesia. Following surgery, patients will wear a compression garment to control swelling. Patients who have a combined surgery of neck liposuction plus a lift will have a longer recovery period. During the first follow-up visit, when all bandages are removed, patients will be able to see the results immediately.
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Neck Liposuction FAQs
Will I Have a Scar?
Scarring with liposuction is very minimal. The incisions will range from keyhole punch marks to very small lines and usually are not an issue with this procedure.
What About Small Amt. of Fat?
Liposuction removes both small and large amounts of fat. Patients that have a small, yet distinct bulge residing just under the chin will benefit greatly from this procedure. The removal of this fatty bulge should be fairly straightforward.
Does the Fat Come Back?
The fat cells removed during liposuction do not come back. However, patients that gain weight after surgery are at risk of regaining fat because the remaining cells left behind can expand and become larger. Patients that adhere to a healthy diet and exercise program will continue to see results years after their surgery.