Lipoplasty, also named liposuction or liposculpture, is a surgical procedure
designed to remove deposits of excess fat to create a desired body contour. Liposuction
of the neck can give this area a new streamlined contour, enhancing the effect
of facial features and improving the profile.
face and neck are usually the first features we notice when we
meet someone new, therefore, improvements in this area can create
a dramatic change. A firm, trim neck gives the face a more youthful
is neck liposuction performed?
general, liposuction procedures use small incisions in selected
areas with a high vacuum to remove fat cells. After the fat is
removed, sutures (stitches) will be applied to the areas treated.
Thereafter a bandage or garment will be applied to wrap the skin
and minimize the swelling.
The tumescent technique involves injecting a solution with a local anesthetic
into the areas to be treated prior to suctioning. An incision is made near
the area from which the fat is to be removed; and a specially designed surgical
tube, called a cannula, is placed through the incision into the fat. The cannula
is attached by flexible tubing to a vacuum pump that removes the fat by suction
as the cannula is manipulated beneath the skin. Compared to other conventional
liposuction techniques, the tumescent technique is more precise and accurate.
This procedure minimizes blood loss, removes more fat and has a faster recovery
assisted lipoplasty (UAL) is a new method of liposuction that
uses ultrasound energy to liquefy fat before it is suctioned.
Because the fat is liquid at the time that it is removed, UAL
is smoother and mechanically more efficient. In the United States,
ultrasound has been used for surgical removal of tissues, other
than fat, for more than twenty years. UAL has been used in Europe
for more than ten years. UAL also minimizes trauma, resulting
in less bruising and blood loss.
long does neck liposuction take?
liposuction generally takes one hour to complete.
type of anesthesia is used?
liposuction is usually performed using local anesthesia along
with a light sedative to make you feel drowsy and relaxed.
is the procedure performed?
liposuction is usually performed on an outpatient basis, in the
surgeon's office-based surgical suite, an outpatient surgery
center or hospital.
can I return home and resume normal activities?
may return home the same day, however you have to make arrangements
for someone to drive you home and assist you with your daily
activities for the first 24 hours. Depending on the extent of
the neck area treated, most people return to work and normal
activities within a week.
do I prepare for neck liposuction?
your initial consultation, your surgeon will discuss the changes
that you would like to make to your appearance. Since the appearance
of your neck is a matter of personal perception and preference,
you will need to discuss your concerns in detail so your surgeon
can determine the appropriate alternatives. You also should make
arrangements ahead of time for someone to drive you to and from
your procedure and to assist you with your daily activities during
your recovery period.
to your surgical procedure, the surgeon will perform a complete
health history and physical examination to evaluate your overall
weight, your skin and muscle tone and the overall distribution
of fat deposits. In particular your surgeon will ask you about
any problems you have had with high blood pressure, blood clotting
or a tendency to develop large scars.
of your allergies, medications and previous surgeries should
be brought to your surgeon's attention at this time. Specific
instructions to assist you in preparing for this procedure will
be given to you after the health history and physical is complete.
Depending on your individual health status, the instructions
may include guidelines regarding your diet, alcohol intake, smoking
and which medications to take or avoid. Your experience will
be much smoother if you remain compliant with your surgeon's
precautions are necessary during recovery?
after surgery, you will need to continuously wear a support garment
for one to three weeks. Please ask your surgeon for after care
instructions specific to your case, as these will assist you
during your recovery period.
are the possible complications after neck liposuction?
surgery, some patients experience dimpling, lumpiness, numbness,
scarring, discoloration, or sagging skin in the treated area.
UAL liposuction may cause friction burns to the skin or to the
internal organs. More serious complications include blood clots,
infection, excessive fluid loss leading to shock, fluid build-up
in the lungs, and drug overdose.
procedure is without risks; however, the majority of complications
known to be associated with a neck liposuction are minor when
the procedure is performed by an experienced board certified
plastic surgeon. It is always important to be informed about
the possible complications before any surgery. Be sure to discuss
any concerns you may have with your surgeon.
results can I expect after neck liposuction?
neck may be stiff and sore for a few days, and you may experience
some pain, burning, swelling, bleeding or temporary numbness.
If necessary, your surgeon can prescribe medication to relieve
this initial discomfort.
surgeon may prescribe an antibiotic ointment to prevent infection
at the incision sites. Your stitches will be removed in a week
to 10 days, unless they dissolve on their own. You will be fitted
with a compression band to cut down on swelling and to hold your
neck in its new shape until the tissues have adjusted.
the normal aging process affects the firmness and elasticity
of the skin, older patients may not experience results as dramatic
as those typically achieved in younger patients. Although liposuction
cannot alter skin quality or muscle tone, and should not be a
substitute for regular exercise and a balanced diet, your neck
will always be slimmer than it was prior to this procedure.
liposuction is often performed in conjunction with a neck lift
or face lift. Most people are pleased with the new contour of
their necks and often feel a boost in energy and self-confidence.