The procedure is not recommended for individuals suffering from severe health conditions already being treated such as cancer, lung disease, or heart disease. Patients suffering from morbid obesity are also not good candidates for a neck liposuction procedure. Other contraindications include the following:
● Connective tissue disorders ● Large stretch marks ● Severe cardiovascular disease ● Endocrine disorders ● Hypertension ● Excessive drinking or drug use
● Any infection in the neck area
● Severe coagulation disorders
Pregnant women may not be good candidates for liposuction – sometimes it’s best to wait until the pregnancy and also to breastfeed is completed.
Discharge From Hospital
Patient may spend one night in hospital
Duration Of Operation
1 to 4 hours
Patients should be in good health before undergoing a neck liposuction procedure. If the patient suffers from an active infection in the neck region, it’s better to wait for its treatment is finished first before having neck liposuction. Patients are also required to be in a stable weight, within 20% of their ideal or normal body weight.
The liposuction surgeon needs to know about any medications including antidepressant the patient may have been taking. Blood thinners such as aspirin, omega 3 capsules, anti-inflammatory medicines, and herbal teas are prohibited at least 2 weeks before the neck liposuction procedure. Smoking is also not allowed during this period, as it can have a serious negative effect on the process of surgery and also healing.
How It Is Performed
The neck liposuction procedure is done under general anesthesia. Sometimes it can be performed under local anesthesia, as well. Once the anesthesia kicks in, surgeons insert a small liposuction cannula through 1 or 2 tiny incisions, concealed beneath the chin or behind the ears for removing excess fat on the neck and sculpting the chin and neck.
There are several techniques which can be used to improve the appearance of the neck and contour this region, including: ● Laser-assisted liposuction ● Power assisted liposuction
Once the desired result is achieved, the incisions are closed with dissolving stitches and the area is wrapped in bandages. Finally, the patient can begin the neck liposuction recovery period which takes around 1-2 weeks.
Since the neck liposuction procedure is minimally invasive, patients can usually return to work in less than a week. A special type of compression garment needs to be worn for a few days after the neck liposuction procedure. Patients can experience some degree of pain and discomfort, but prescribed painkillers can easily handle it. Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption are prohibited for at least 2 weeks after the procedure.
Although neck liposuction is not a dangerousoperation, it has still some risks and complications such as:
● Allergic reaction to anesthesia ● Infection ● Bleeding ● Excess skin tissue in the neck area ● Damage to surrounding tissues
Neck liposuction is a safeand popular procedure, but as in any surgical procedures, it has its side effects as well:
Patients will notice the liposuction results in about a week, when most of the swelling will go down. Neck liposuction results can last up to 10 years but it’s up to the patient to maintain a stable weight and a healthy lifestyle.
When Can I Resume Sports After A Neck Liposuction Procedure? Patients can turn back their sportive activities or regular exercises after the incisions are fully healed, in around 2 weeks.
Are There Any Visible Scars? Scarring is minimal with the neck liposuction procedure because a few incisions are created around the neck and they are also small.
Is Neck Liposuction Permanent? The fat cells are removed permanently during liposuction, but if you gain lots of weight, new fat cells may again accumulate in different areas of your body, for example, in your neck. In order to keep the new enhanced shape after surgery, follow a proper diet and exercise regularly.
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This content is written and reviewed by our medical content team in June, 2019.