Posted on July 10, 2023 in Neck
Neck liposuction is becoming an increasingly popular facial contouring option. If you’re bothered by the appearance of a double chin, then neck liposuction is one of the most effective ways to get rid of it. There are many benefits to choosing a double board-certified and Ivy League-trained facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, the foremost of which is ensuring you get a sculpted, natural-looking result. Here’s what to know about neck liposuction and how Dr. Evan Ransom can achieve a more defined jawline.
Understanding your liposuction results starts with understanding liposuction itself. The goal of liposuction is to remove stubborn fatty tissue from under the skin and create visible definition in the treatment area. Neck liposuction has the goal of further defining the facial profile by getting rid of accumulated or genetic fatty tissue under the chin (submental fat). When considering surgical candidacy, it’s important to recognize that traditional liposuction does not tighten loose skin – it simply removes fatty tissue.
During a consultation, Dr. Ransom will spend considerable time assessing your chin and discussing your goals. One of the key factors in achieving good liposuction results is determining if you’re a good candidate. Because liposuction simply removes fat, there is often a small amount of skin laxity left behind. Experienced facial plastic surgeons can help you take the proper recovery steps to ensure that this skin bounces back and retracts to create the intended contours. If your skin has good quality (i.e., plenty of collagen and elastin) and feels firm and youthful, it’s a good indicator that your skin can adapt after liposuction. If your skin feels thin and stretched or does not snap back when you pull on it, you may need to explore alternatives.
If you have loose skin under your chin, you can still enjoy the benefits of liposuction. However, to get the best results, Dr. Ransom will help you consider the following options in addition to or as an alternative for neck liposuction.
Loose skin simply means you may need to include a lift procedure along with liposuction. The neck lift can get rid of loose skin on the neck and chin areas to smooth and define the jawline. The neck lift can also tighten stretched or sagging neck muscles (platysma bands), rejuvenating the entire appearance of the neck and chin. Dr. Ransom often combines the neck lift with liposuction to ensure a better result and can give an expert opinion on whether this option will be best for your unique needs.
An option for more mild skin laxity is non-surgical treatments like Profound RF Microneedling. Although not as transformative as the neck lift, it can achieve noticeable tightening in areas like the neck and jawline in patients who don’t quite meet the level of laxity that necessitates surgery. Profound RF works by stimulating collagen production through microscopic wounds in the skin. At the same time, radiofrequency energy is emitted into the deep tissue layers where it contracts the collagen and elastin matrix. It requires multiple treatments for best results but can be a great option for patients who want to further sculpt and define their neck liposuction results.
To learn more about your options for facial contouring, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ransom, an award-winning facial plastic surgeon in San Francisco. Contact our state-of-the-art office by calling or filling out our online form.