Neck liposuction, or neck lipoplasty, is an effective and minimally-invasive way to remove persistent fat deposits from the neck, giving the neck a smoother, more youthful overall appearance.
This procedure is often performed on patients who have tried to tone their neck, but have been unable to do so in target areas. These deposits may be due to genetics or rapid weight loss, and, as such, may not respond well to traditional methods of body shaping. The liposuction procedure can help shape the overall contours of the neck in most of these cases.
This procedure is best performed on healthy, active individuals who maintain their weight through diet and exercise.
Neck liposuction may have a dramatic effect on appearance. Possible changes may include:
To ensure the best possible outcome, it may be helpful for patients to quit smoking before undergoing the procedure as smoking decreases the body’s natural healing speed. Because liposuction cannot replace healthy diet and exercise, it should not be performed as a treatment for obesity.
Before beginning the procedure, the patient will be sedated using intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. This guarantees complete comfort for the patient during liposuction.
Small incisions are made in inconspicuous places on the neck near the target areas. The incision area is filled with sterile fluid to reduce bleeding and traumatic impact. A thin tube is inserted in the incision and moved back and forth to jostle excess fat out of place, which is then removed using suction. The fluid is drained, and the incisions are closed with fine sutures for minimal scarring.
A bandage or compression wrap may be placed over the incisions to control swelling and bruising. Small drains may be placed in the incisions to allow them to drain naturally during the healing process. The bandages may come off within a few days, depending on the procedure.
While the wounds in the neck should heal over in a few days, in may take a few months for the swelling to decrease to the point that the change can be seen. It will be important to maintain a healthy weight following liposuction to ensure the best long-term results. Very rarely, there may be complications during neck liposuction, including pain, bleeding, infection, and atypical surface appearance.
For more information about neck liposuction, or to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Trent J. Fogleman and Dr. Paul F. Benien, Jr., contact our Oklahoma City office at 405-691-3111. Our office is located at 9617 S. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, OK 73159, just minutes from Will Rogers World Airport. Service areas include: Oklahoma City, Tuttle, Edmond, Norman, Moore, Tulsa, Midwest City, Lawton, Yukon, Stillwater, Mustang, Shawnee, Blanchard and Elk City, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston.
Dr. Fogleman and Dr. Benien create elegant, natural results with each surgical procedure or non-surgical treatment they perform. "Quality outcomes," as they say. Their goal is not to make their patients look different – they strive to make them look better, never overdone or obvious.