When one thinks of beauty, the first body part that comes into mind is the face. People spend a lot of time and effort trying to beautify and rejuvenate their face. However, the neck, the area a lot of people take for granted, plays a critical role in how they are perceived by others.

neck lipoThe neck is a good indicator of a person’s age, well-being, and overall health. Even if the person has a relatively normal-sized body and face, if they have a neck that has no shape, and is generally fat and thick, it can give the impression of being overweight, even if it is not the case. This is why the way the neck looks is just as important as how the rest of the body appears.

What is neck liposuction?

Neck liposuction is the process of reducing excess fat and skin from the neck, which can accumulate as a person ages. Since the neck is an area that is very difficult to reduce even with a healthy diet and exercise, neck liposuction is a good solution to reduce the excess fat. This can give the neck a streamlined contour, improving not just the profile of the person, but the facial features as well.

Neck liposuction procedure

The process begins with the doctor meeting the patient for an initial consultation. During this meeting, the doctor will ask the patient about the changes that they want to see, the results they are expecting, and the various options, risks, and costs of the procedure.

Once the initial talks have been finished, the surgeon will do a physical examination of the patient, taking note of the patient’s overall weight, muscle tone, skin tone, and most especially, the distribution of fat deposits all over the body, most especially the neck.

Once everything is ready, the surgeon will mark the specific areas of the neck where the fat is to be removed. In severe cases, an IV line will be inserted into a vein in the patient’s arm to ensure a steady fluid level during the surgery. The surgeon then makes a tiny incision in the skin.

To reduce the visibility of scarring, the incision is usually made in the creases behind the earlobes, or the creases under the chin. The surgeon then inserts a cannula—a thin tube that is used to break down the fat so it can be removed with the use of a vacuum. It is also used to sculpt the area to achieve the desired look.

The surgeon is careful to make sure that only the fat is affected, and the muscles, skin, blood vessels, and nerves stay undamaged.

The whole procedure usually takes just around 1-2 hours, with a recovery period of around 1-2 weeks.

Risks and complications

The risks of neck liposuction include infection, which can happen at the incisions that have been made. Swelling is also possible, along with a burning sensation, temporary numbness at certain times, bleeding, and some pain.

It is imperative that patients take the necessary precautions and medications prescribed by the surgeon to minimize any complications.