The neck is one of the most difficult areas of the body to sculpt and slim with diet and exercise. Weight gain, genetics and the natural aging process can contribute to excess fat or loose, hanging skin on the neck. If you are interested in improving the appearance of your neck and jawline with plastic surgery, take the time to learn about your options. Neck lift and liposuction can both be useful, but the right procedure for you will ultimately depend on your cosmetic goals and anatomy. In this blog post, Greenwich plastic surgeon Dr. Sandra Margoles explains the differences between neck lift and liposuction.
What Liposuction Accomplishes
If you are bothered by the appearance of submental fat, commonly known as a “double chin,” liposuction may be right for you. Using tiny, strategically placed incisions, liposuction eliminates stubborn fat deposits underneath the chin and on the neck to create a leaner neck and jaw line. Refining the lower facial areas can also create a more proportionate and attractive overall facial appearance.
What Neck Lift Accomplishes
It is important to note that liposuction cannot improve skin laxity or jowls below the neck line. If your neck is hindered by the appearance of loose, stretched skin, which some people call a “turkey waddle,” neck lift may be a more appropriate solution. The procedure is ideal for patients with loose skin that was left over from substantial weight loss or has simply lost its elastic and firm quality over time. Neck lift excises the loose skin while tightening the underlying muscles and re-draping the skin for a tauter appearance. As an added benefit, neck lift can also minimize the appearance of horizontal neckbands. The result is a leaner and younger-looking neck.
A Combination Procedure May Be Appropriate
In some cases, a patient may benefit from a liposuction and neck lift combination procedure. Dr. Margoles specializes in performing both procedures and works with each patient to select the right treatment plan. During your initial consultation, Dr. Margoles will examine your neck and chin, and discuss your cosmetic goals with you in order to determine the details of your procedure.
To learn more about contouring your neck with liposuction and/or neck lift, schedule a consultation with Dr. Margoles. Contact her Greenwich plastic surgery practice by calling (203) 869-2939 today.