Most of us have at least some fat accumulation under our jawline, the dreaded double chin. In this location, the fat tends to weigh down the skin, creating the sagging, profile-blurring appearance that we all hate.
At Silk Touch, Dr. Kerr has several methods for addressing fat accumulation under your chin: Kybella, an injectable made from deoxycholic acid that essentially kills fat cells; CoolSculpting, a machine that freezes fat cells; and neck liposuction, the surgical removal of fat.
What is neck liposuction?
When fat accumulates under the jawline, it’s known as submental fat. This fat puts pressure on the skin, changing the definition of the profile. This ages the face and can make you look heavier, even if you haven’t gained a pound.
Dr. Kerr is an expert at using neck liposuction to remove much of this unwanted fat. Once the fat is removed, the skin usually tightens down and your sharper profile reemerges.
If you have heard of liposuction performed on areas such as the lower abdomen and the thighs, working under the chin is the same concept, but the fat removed is much more specifically sculpted. Due to the size of the area, lipo of the chin is much less invasive than our larger surgeries. Healing is quicker, pain is less, and the results are dramatic despite the fact that we are taking out significantly less fat.
Neck liposuction only requires 3 very small incisions. One incision under the chin and the other incisions directly under each ear lobe. The cannula used to break up and suction the fat is thinner and smaller than used on other liposuction procedures. cannula. These incisions also tend to heal much quicker than on other parts of the body, the small scars are nearly invisible after a few weeks to months.
What are the benefits of neck liposuction?
Fat accumulation under the jawline can be discouraging and is a hard area to target with diet and exercise. Now, fat can be removed with only minimal invasiveness and very easy recovery. The procedure takes less than a few hours, and most patients are back to work within a matter of days.
With Dr. Kerr’s artistic approach and signature technique – not only can he remove fat under the chin but he can sculpt up into the jawline as well, helping to sharpen the profile and reduce jowls.
These are the benefits of having neck liposuction at Silk Touch:
- Elimination of your double chin
- More definition to your chin and jawline
- Immediate results
- Permanent results
- Short downtime
- Only requires local anesthesia
Who is a good candidate for neck liposuction?
Neck liposuction is an excellent procedure for men and women who rue the loss of definition along their jawline due to the accumulation of submental fat. Fat in this area is almost impossible to reduce with changes in diet and exercise.
Anyone who has enough fat to pinch under the chin is typically a good candidate.
How is neck liposuction done?
Dr. Kerr performs neck liposuction as an outpatient procedure with the patient typically under only local anesthesia. For neck liposuction, he uses the tumescent method, where a saline solution that also contains lidocaine and epinephrine is first injected into the area. The saline water swells the area, making it easier to access the fat cells. Lidocaine provides a local anesthetic. Epinephrine constricts the blood vessels, making for much less bleeding and subsequent bruising. Epinephrine also constricts the fat cells, making them easier to break loose.
The procedure begins by using local anesthesia to numb the treatment area. Then, Dr. Kerr injects the tumescent solution. Next, he makes a couple of very short incisions under the jawline to insert the cannula. He then inserts the thin cannula and uses it to gently loosen and suction out the fat cells. At the same time, the cannula suctions out most of the tumescent solution. When the proper amount of fat is suctioned away, the cannula is removed, and tiny bandages are placed over the incisions. That ends the procedure, which takes only about 30 minutes to perform.
When will I see my results from neck liposuction?
Almost immediately you will be able to see the difference. Your swelling after neck liposuction should only last about one week, two at the most. At that point, you’ll be able to fully appreciate your sharper profile, straighter jawline, and more youthful chin and neck area.
What is recovery like after neck liposuction?
Neck liposuction does not involve a difficult recovery. Patients typically have some swelling, bruising, and slight soreness across the treatment area. After your procedure, Dr. Kerr will place a compression strap around your chin. This works to reduce swelling and bruising, and it helps your skin tighten down to its slimmer contour with the underlying fat removed. You’ll wear this around the clock for the first 3 days, just at home for another 3 days (you do not need to wear it at work), and then 3 more days just at night.
Patients can return to work and other normal activities when they remove the compression strap. Strenuous exercise will need to wait for about two weeks.
Is neck liposuction recovery painful?
This is not a painful recovery. Larger lipo cases may require Dr. Kerr to prescribe pain medication, but most patients find over-the-counter pain medication sufficient to handle the soreness that ensues. This area of the lower face isn’t overly-sensitive and heals quickly. Any soreness should only last a couple of days.
What are the risks involved with neck liposuction?
These are very low-risk procedures. As mentioned above, Dr. Kerr only needs to make very small incisions for access. The cannula he uses is very small and creates only minimal tissue trauma. There is some risk of nerve numbness afterward, but this usually resolves in a few weeks if it occurs.
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If you’re interested in learning more about neck liposuction please contact us for a consultation at 208-939-3110 or fill out our contact us form. We will discuss your needs and concerns, and determine your best course of action.