Neck Liposuction Still the Mainstay

There have been many treatments that have been introduced over the years for the improvement of the neck. Yet, liposuction of the neck is still the mainstay among plastic surgeons. People interested cosmetic surgery for the neck may be bothered by loose skin and localized pockets of fat in the neck and lower chin area.

Today, people have many choices for improving the appearance of the neck. There are ultrasonic and laser energy fat dissolving procedures such as Vaser Liposelection, and laser lipolysis. There are radiofrequency heat energy devices such as Velashape and Accent XL. Too, skin tightening CO2 Lasers such as Deep FX and Fraxel Repair have been known to improve loose neck skin.

Still, neck liposuction is a simple and effective procedure for the permanent removal of fat on the neck and under the chin. In fact, liposuction treatment stimulates contraction of the skin. So, people with slightly loose skin and good skin elasticity may experience some skin tightening following liposuction. For people with extensive loose skin, the use of a non-invasive treatment such as listed above may provide additional skin tightening. The neck lift is another alternative for the removal of excess skin and skin tightening.

During neck liposuction, very small incisions may be made in inconspicuous locations on the neck to allow access to the treatment area. Then, a very small cannula is inserted through the incision. The cannula provides a funnel with which to break up and remove the fat. The cannula has a vacuum suction system attached to it so that the fat can be suctioned out of the cannula. The procedure usually does not require more than 30 minutes. In fact, neck liposuction may be performed under sedation and local anesthesia, allowing for a smooth recovery. The risk of complications from neck liposuction is less than 1.0, making the procedure very safe.

In the end, liposuction is the only proven method for the safe permanent removal of fat cells of the neck. Liposuction has been performed since the 1920’s and was refined in the 1970’s. The development of small cannulas to treat small areas such as the neck began in the late 1990’s. No doubt it will be the mainstay for the improvement of the neck for years to come.


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