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 two methods for addressing fat accumulation under your chin: Kybella, an injectable made from deoxycholic acid; and neck liposuction. You can find our Kybella page here. On this page, let’s get into neck liposuction.
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 can make you look heavier, even if you haven’t gained a pound. It also ages the face.
Dr. Kerr is a big fan of 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.
Everyone has 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 and the procedure much less invasive than when liposuction is done on larger areas with larger pockets of fat.
Neck liposuction uses a thinner, smaller cannula. The cannula is the tube that is inserted under the skin to break up and then suction out the unwanted fat cells. By using a very thin cannula, Dr. Kerr only needs to make very small entry incisions. This creates tiny incision scars that are virtually invisible afterward.
What are the benefits of neck liposuction?
Fat accumulation under the jawline has long been a problem. The double chin created by this fat has been very difficult to do much about until relatively recently. That’s when liposuction techniques advanced to enable entry into this more delicate area (in contrast to the thick skin of the abdomen, for instance). Now, fat can be removed with only minimal invasiveness and very easy recovery.
Fat can also be removed during a surgical neck lift, but those are major surgeries and involve all the risks and recovery time. Liposuction only requires very small incisions; there is very little tissue trauma; there aren’t any sutures (incisions can typically be closed with Steri-strips), and recovery is minimal. Dr. Kerr is able to sculpt the fat and regain the patient’s sharper profile.
These are the benefits of having neck liposuction at Silk Touch:
- Elimination of your double chin
- More definition to your chin and jawline
- Results fully visible in just a week or so
- Permanent results
- Little, if any, visible scarring
- 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.
Good candidates need to have good muscle tone and skin elasticity. That is necessary for the skin to be able to tighten down over its slimmer contour after Dr. Kerr removes the fat.
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?
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 for a few days.
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. Dr. Kerr will 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. 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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