Neck Liposuction Dallas
Neck fullness in the region below the chin (known as the submental area) can represent multiple pathologies that are hard to distinguish until Dr. Lam evaluates you in person. In most cases, it is simply too much fat under the skin. In these cases, there are two options: Kybella (a non-surgical fat dissolver) and surgical removal of the fat. Kybella can lead to a few days of swelling and may need repeating for optimal outcomes (repeated a minimum of 6 weeks later with typically 2 to 3 sessions in total). Surgical fat removal may be in total about the same number of days of swelling but requires a short incision under the chin. The benefit of surgical fat removal is that Dr. Lam can precisely remove the fat that he would like, literally sculpting the neck. The negative is that there will be a short incision. Neck lipocontouring (or Kybella) is very good for younger patients (under 40 years of age) but may be less than ideal as one matures. The reason for this fact is that as one becomes older there is more sagging and removing fat may not work. In addition, if too much fat is removed then the muscle bands (turkey gobbler) may appear and actually make someone look older. At times a chin implant can make the neck look longer and can be combined with neck lipocontouring. Finally, at times some fat resides deep to the neck muscle and may be hard to entirely eliminate. All of these considerations are important when evaluating an individual as a prospective candidate for neck lipocontouring.
- Neck lipocontouring is good for someone with good skin tone and is typically under 40 to 45 years of age but that number can be relaxed at times by a decade for non-white ethnic groups who maintain good skin tone longer. The worry is that in someone older fat removal of the neck may expose neck banding and thereby make the neck look worse.
- An alternative to neck lipocontouring is Kybella injection, which dissolves fat. Typically, Kybella must be repeated a few times and may ultimately cost more than fat removal. However, Kybella is a good alternative for those who simply do not want any incisions or surgery. Neck lipocontouring can be performed under local anesthesia or light intravenous sedation.
- If fat resides deep to the platysma muscle, then not all fat may be able to be removed during a procedure, so the result may be less than ideal. If someone has a low hyoid bone in the neck, then the neck shape may be unfavorable for a perfect outcome.
- At times a chin implant may help improve the neck contour, and for someone with neck sagging the answer may not be neck lipocontouring but instead a face and neck lift.
What’s the recovery time of neck lipocontouring?
Typically, very fast, about a week. There will be sutures under the chin that either dissolve or will be removed at a week in the office. There can be some bruising or swelling in the neck, and most bruising can be managed with a laser at a week (but not necessarily all bruising).
Why does Dr. Lam not do neck liposuction?
Liposuction is not as precise since it involves indiscriminate removal of fat. Dr. Lam visualizes the excess fat and trims away fat that causes the neck fullness so as to shape a better neck.
Does Dr. Lam use a laser to remove neck fat?
No, there is no need for a laser since the laser also indiscriminately removes fat from the neck.
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All neck liposuction procedures are performed by Dr Lam himself, at his Cosmetic Surgery center in Dallas Texas. To schedule a neck liposuction consultation call 1-888-866-3388 or email us. The details of your neck liposuction (both the limitations and the benefits in your particular situation) will be explained to you during your consultation with Dr. Lam and his team.