Liposuction liposculpture is a procedure that can help sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from specific areas, including the abdomen, hips, buttocks, love handles, saddlebags, waist, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks and neck. Although no type of liposuction is a substitute for dieting and exercise, liposuction can remove stubborn areas of fat that don’t respond to traditional weight-loss methods.
This 45 year old, 5’4″ tall, 230 lb. patient had neck liposuction performed elsewhere and was unhappy with the result. The previous surgeon did not account for natural surface contours such as the concavity under the jaw line and also performed asymmetric removal of fat leaving the patient with a lump of fat on the left side. Accounting for the natural contours Dr. Stone was able to achieve a more esthetic more symmetric result with greater definition of the jaw line and a slight concavity in the cheek area to accentuate the normal convexity of the cheek bones by performing redo liposuction of the neck.
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Liposuction surgery liposculpture can enhance your appearance and your self confidence. Realistic expectations are important to be happy with any surgery. As each patient is an individual, different results can be expected in each patient.
The alternatives to neck liposuction are growing. We now have Coolsculpt to freeze fat away and Kybela to melt it away by injection. However they require multiple treatments over a number of weeks. Liposuction is a one time 15 or 20 minute procedure.
As with any type of surgery there is the risk of infection or bleeding. Additionally with liposuction there is the risk of seroma fluid collections under the skin, bruising, uneven surface contour and unaesthetic result if the surgeon does not perform adequate suction along the lower edge of the jaw. These risks are small and less likely if you choose your surgeon wisely and follow the postoperative instructions.
In order to achieve an optimal result the surgeon has to assess where the fat is concentrated by finger pinch because it is not evenly distributed under the skin. Then he or she has to account for natural body contours (concave and convex surfaces) during the removal process to recreate these contours. This is made more difficult by the common use of fluid injection just prior to liposuction removal of the fat — tumescent or superwet liposuction. Overly aggressive removal to just get fat into the liposuction cannister can damage the overlying skin causing pigmentation changes and/or scarring and pitting or unnatural surface contours. At the extremes these irregularities are not fixable. If the surgeon does not appreciate the normal contours along the jawline and try to emulate them the result will be inadequate.
The benefits are a more youthful neck contour and feeling more comfortable in a shirt with a tie.
The recovery is quick, even in redo cases such as this, so if the procedure is done on a Friday the patient wears a compression garment at all times over the weekend and returns to work on Monday only wearing the garment when not out in public from that point for 3 to 4 weeks.
Dr. Aaron Stone
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