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What is Submental Liposuction?

Submental liposuction is a relatively simple facial plastic surgery procedure designed to slim and contour the neck area with liposuction to produce a fitter, leaner aesthetic. Using a narrow surgical tube called a cannula, the surgery targets fatty deposits in the submental region and extracts redundant tissue to achieve a deeper angle under the chin. Neck contouring through liposuction can often have a positive effect on the rest of the face, offering a more elegant and refined neckline for those who struggle with stubborn fullness in the area. Depending on your needs and cosmetic goals, submental liposuction is often paired with a facelift or chin implants to further enhance the profile of the chin and neck.

Who is a Candidate for Neck Liposuction?

Neck liposuction is not a method of weight loss, so those interested in submental liposuction should be at or near their ideal weight. The procedure is best suited for patients who desire a leaner facial appearance and simply struggle with removing excess fat under the chin. In addition, candidates for neck liposuction should:

  • Have good skin elasticity
  • Maintain realistic expectations for surgery
  • Experience little to no skin laxity

Since submental liposuction is not designed to correct sagging skin, individuals considering neck liposuction should have good skin tone and minimal laxity to allow even contraction of the skin after fat removal. If you struggle with loose skin and/or neck musculature (sometimes referred to as a “turkey neck”), a neck lift may be a more effective procedure to enhance your neck contour. Dr. Sepehr will advise you and recommend the best treatment option for your goals based on your needs.

Neck Liposuction vs. Neck Lift

Neck liposuction and neck lift surgery are two separate procedures utilized to smooth the region around the neck and jawline. Some patients only require one approach to achieve their goals, while others may benefit from both techniques. In either case, these facial plastic surgery procedures can be highly effective in producing long-lasting jawline contouring results that look natural. 

The primary difference between the two treatment options involves the nature of a patient’s concerns: neck liposuction is designed to address excess fat, while a neck lift can treat the presence of loose skin or weakened musculature. Therefore, the types of concerns preventing individuals from attaining a smooth facial profile will determine the most ideal procedure for each person. This can only be accurately evaluated by a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, so scheduling an initial consultation is the best way to learn the most optimal procedure for your needs.

How is Neck Liposuction Surgery Performed?

Submental liposuction is performed by suctioning out excess fatty deposits via a surgical cannula. This is generally a fairly quick procedure utilizing local anesthesia and mild sedation. First, Dr. Sepehr will access the excess fat through incisions hidden either under the chin or behind the ears. Before removal of the fat, Dr. Sepehr may administer a solution of medications to the area to minimize swelling and blood loss. He will then sculpt the neck and chin to achieve a more refined, aesthetic jawline. Special consideration will be given to produce a natural-looking result that appears balanced among your facial features. The incisions are closed and you will be able to return home with a friend or loved one following your discharge.

Dr. Sepehr is so attentive and caring. He has such an eye for what looks best, and such attention to detail. You want a perfectionist in a plastic surgeon, and he is one. Beautiful facility, wonderful staff, especially Raha & Mia, and incredible results!

Sheila Harris

February 19, 2020

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What Does Neck Liposuction Recovery Entail?

Patients usually describe the recovery period after submental liposuction as mild. A supportive chin strap is worn for three to four days following surgery to help facilitate your new neck contour. Temporary bruising and swelling around the neck should be expected, but discomfort is usually managed well with oral pain medication. Most individuals return to non-strenuous work duties within one week, and fully resume normal activities after two weeks. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least one month, or until given clearance by Dr. Sepehr. Most swelling should resolve within 10 to 14 days.

How Long Do Neck Liposuction Results Last?

As long as you keep living a healthy, active lifestyle after your procedure, the results from neck contouring can last forever. Although skin inelasticity may increase with the natural aging process, the fat cells extracted from the submental region do not “regrow.” However, like most body sculpting surgeries, the results can still be adversely affected by future weight gain. Therefore, minimizing weight fluctuation can be the best way to not only preserve your enhancement, but also to maintain skin elasticity in the neck. By maintaining a stable weight, patients can generally enjoy their sleeker neck contour for years, if not decades.

How Much Does Neck Liposuction Cost?

Enhancing the chin through neck liposuction typically costs between $4750 to $6750 depending on the details of your treatment plan. Other factors that may influence the price of submental liposuction include the technique utilized and the amount of fat removal desired. These details are unique to each patient, and our patient care coordinator will be able to break down your investment estimate after you see Dr. Sepehr in a consultation. OC Facial Plastic Surgery accepts plastic surgery financing through a number of respected lenders, including CareCredit® and Prosper® Healthcare Lending. These companies provide flexible low- to no-interest payment plans for qualified patients, allowing you to proceed with your enhancement while making the cost of surgery more affordable. If you have any questions, please call OC Facial Plastic Surgery to speak to a friendly member of our office.

Can I Get Non-Surgical Neck Liposuction?

Dr. Sepehr offers several neck contouring options for patients’ varying needs, including non-surgical chin augmentation for those who would rather avoid the downtime of a surgical procedure. KYBELLA™ is an innovative fat removal technique designed to achieve minimally invasive double chin reduction. Performed right here in our treatment rooms, KYBELLA™ injections are composed of deoxycholic acid—a naturally occurring substance in the body that encourages the breakdown of fat cells. As the KYBELLA™ solution is delivered to fatty tissue and fat cells are destroyed, excess fat is naturally flushed out of the body through metabolic processes for a gradual slimming effect under the chin. Since results unfold over time, the outcome often appears to have been achieved naturally. KYBELLA™ is best suited to reduce mild fat under the chin, but more moderate to severe amounts of fat may be better treated with liposuction. Dr. Sepehr will help you determine the most ideal technique to sculpt your chin based on your needs.

Will I Have Visible Neck Liposuction Scars?

One of the major benefits of neck liposuction compared to other procedures is that the surgery usually produces little to no perceptible scarring. The incisions required are less than half an inch long and made under the chin in very discreet locations, often within the natural folds of the skin to further camouflage post-surgical scarring. Even during the healing process, many patients report that their incisions are not noticeable to outside observers. While evidence of surgery should fade over time, patients can further lighten their scars by: 

  • Using high-quality skin care products formulated to reduce pigmentation and even the skin tone
  • Not smoking during the healing process, as doing so can reduce blood flow 
  • Keeping incisions hydrated and following Dr. Sepehr’s aftercare instructions
  • Applying sunscreen on the face and neck once incisions are fully healed

Our before-and-after photos from previous patients who received submental liposuction can provide you with a good idea of what to expect after the procedure. Dr. Sepehr will also show you in person where your incisions are likely to be located.

How Can I Prevent Neck Liposuction Complications?

There is a certain degree of risk with every cosmetic surgery, but choosing a qualified practitioner experienced in your treatment-of-interest is the most comprehensive way to safeguard your health and appearance. With that in mind, finding a board-certified and fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon to perform your facial liposuction is essential to minimizing your risk of complications.

A plastic surgeon who is accredited by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS) typically has the most advanced level of training when it comes to cosmetic procedures of the head and neck. Therefore, ensuring your plastic surgeon specializes exclusively in facial procedures can give you the comfort and assurance necessary to entrust them with your aesthetic goals.

Questions? For more information about neck liposuction, or to schedule a consultation, please reach out to our practice.