When it comes to changing the appearance of your neck, there are a variety of options patients can choose between. Two of the most common procedures that patients consider are neck lifts and neck liposuction, but what is the difference? Why should you choose one over the other?
First, it is important to understand the similarities between these two procedures. Both Neck Lifts and Neck Liposuction:
- Can be used to recontour the shape of the neck
- Are surgical procedures lasting between 30 minutes and 2 hours
- Require some form of anesthesia to complete
- Have some post-procedure recovery side effects
While the two procedures can produce great results for patients, it is also important to understand the distinct differences between the two in order to decide which is best to achieve desired results.
About Neck Liposuction
Liposuction, or lipoplasty, is a useful procedure that immediately improves certain aesthetic conditions of the neck:
- Double Chin
- Excess Fat
The reduction of the chin and neck area is accomplished by removing fat cells permanently with a small tube (cannula) and suction. Local anesthesia is applied to the treatment area, and a small incision is made underneath the chin. The cannula and suction devices are then inserted and used to remove fat to recontour the shape of the chin and neck. The procedure takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the size of the treatment area.
Bruising and swelling may occur following the completion of the procedure. A head-wrap may be required to apply pressure under the chin so that swelling is minimized and ensure the new contoured shape will heal properly. To expedite healing, patients may need to maintain an upright position the days immediately following surgery. Overall, patients should anticipate being able to return to work quickly but allow one week for healing and up to 6 weeks until strenuous activity can be resumed. Dr. Garcia and the team will monitor the healing progress closely.
About Neck Lift Surgery
A neck lift is also known as a platysmaplasty, and can be used to minimize some of the following issues:
- Excess fat in the neck or lower face
- Excess or sagging skin
- Neck folds
- Neck bands
- Turkey wattle effect
It is a safe and relatively simple procedure that can be performed on an outpatient basis. Generally, either twilight or local anesthesia is used. Depending on the specific needs of the patient, incisions will be made behind the ears, and/or under the chin. To achieve desired results, neck muscles must be tightened and realigned while excess skin and fat is removed so the remaining can be lifted into place.
During the procedure, the underlying neck muscles are tightened and realigned, excess skin and fat are trimmed away, and the remaining skin is lifted. Incisions are then sutured. A dressing will be applied over top.
Immediately following the procedure, mild swelling and bruising may occur. Prescription pain medications may be given to ease discomfort and any dressing applied will typically be ready for removal within the next day. The sutures are absorbable, and it will take approximately one week for most patients to be able to resume normal activity.
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To understand which procedure may help achieve the best results for you, it’s important to understand the differences.
- Neck Lift: Excess Fat & Sagging Skin, Neck Bands
- Neck Liposuction: Excess Fat
- Neck Lift: Local or Twilight
- Neck Liposuction: Local Anesthesia or Twilight
- Neck Lift: Behind Ears/Under Chin
- Neck Liposuction: Under Chin/Behind Earlobes
- Neck Lift: Muscle tightening and realignment + excess fat and skin removal
- Neck Liposuction: Excess fat removed from neck and chin
- Neck Lift: One week recovery time with bruising and swelling expected
- Neck Liposuction: One week with minimal bruising
Both procedures are great options for patients who are looking to redefine and contour the shape of their neck and under the chin. Depending on each patient’s unique needs, Dr. Garcia and his team will be able to help guide you to the best solution to achieve your desired results. To learn more and receive a consultation on which procedure might be right for you, contact us.