The double chin (medical name is submental fullness) is a common concern for women and men alike. It can result from being overweight or due to ageing or genetics even in people who are thin. If you’d like to improve the appearance of your chin, neck and jawline without surgery and the accompanying recovery and downtime, a neck lift with Liposuction may be right for you.
The procedure involves using VASER Liposuction to remove stubborn fat cells while simultaneously tightening the skin. Tightening (during and after treatment) is achieved thanks to a special ultrasound-emitting probe that helps to stimulate collagen fibres underneath the skin.
How is the neck lift procedure with lipo performed?
At Cosmos Aesthetics Sydney, we use Vaser liposuction technology to perform all of our liposuction procedures. A Vaser neck lift with liposuction is considered a less invasive procedure than other methods, as it requires only small incisions and allows for a gentler fat removal process.
On the day of your procedure, you’ll be given medication (twilight sedation and local anaesthesia) to help you relax and to control any pain and discomfort. A small incision will be made under the chin, followed by an ultrasound probe being inserted to break down the fat tissue.
The liquefied fat cells will then be extracted using a small cannula and the chin and neck area contoured using a gentle liposuction technique. The method of liquifying the stubborn fat cells first prevents damage to the surrounding tissues of the neck during removal. At the same time, the heat from the ultrasound energy stimulates a skin tightening response, causing the skin to retract and conform to the slimmer neck shape.
Depending on the amount of fat that needs to be removed, the procedure usually takes about one hour to perform.
DISCLAIMER 1. Results may vary from patient to patient. 2. All photos are of patients from Cosmos Aesthetics, and all ‘after’ images are taken 6 weeks or later post-procedure. 3. Results, recovery, and potential complications will vary for each individual patient. 4. Photos and videos featured are not a guarantee that your results will be the same as another person, and does not guarantee you will receive a particular surgical outcome. 5. Any invasive or surgical procedure carries risks, side effects, and complications, which can be permanent.
Understanding the procedure
Who is the best candidate for neck liposuction?
The ideal candidate is someone who is physically healthy with stubborn fat and mild skin laxity under the chin and around the jawline. Patients who are older or have considerable skin sagging and volume loss may require a face lift or neck lift surgery. As a guide, you may be suitable for a neck lift with liposuction if:
You want to remove excess fat deposits and sagging skin
You are physically and mentally healthy
You have realistic expectations of what can be achieved with neck liposuction
You will follow good exercise and diet habits after recovery
To determine whether you are a good candidate for a neck lift with liposuction, you can organise a consultation with our doctors at Cosmos Aesthetics Sydney.
How much does neck liposuction cost in Sydney?
Costs of a neck lift with liposuction procedure will vary from patient to patient, as the procedure will be tailored to every patients’ individual needs. The costs of your procedure will depend on:
Your body type
The type of anaesthetic used
The amount of fat removed
The time spent in surgery
At Cosmos Aesthetics Sydney, the costs of a neck liposuction procedure start at $5,000, with the initial consultation fee being between $150 to $220.
Patients have the option of treating other areas, such as other areas of the face, to achieve better results. For example, some patients may choose to have a chin and neck liposuction procedure to better contour more of the lower facial area. If treating multiple areas, this will increase the total procedure costs.
For a personalised quote, you can book a consultation at our Sydney clinic, where one of our experienced doctors can assess your needs and develop a treatment plan.
How should I prepare for my neck lift and neck liposuction procedure?
Each patient will be provided with preparation instructions during their consultation. These instructions usually include avoiding specific medications and supplements that can negatively affect the healing process during recovery. To feel prepared for your procedure, we suggest ensuring that you have loose and comfortable clothing to wear during your recovery, and organise transport after your procedure as you will not be able to drive straight after treatment.
Will I feel any pain during the neck liposuction procedure?
Neck liposuction with Vaser technology is performed with twilight sedation and local anaesthetic, which will numb the area during the procedure.
What to expect after the procedure?
Thanks to the minimally invasive nature of the procedure, patients will not be required to stay in hospital and are able to return home on the day of the procedure. You’ll be required to wear a compression garment immediately after surgery, for three days full time and then seven days part time, to minimise swelling, promote blood circulation and to assist with the healing process. It’s normal to experience some swelling for about three to seven days but the downtime is minimal and patients can typically return to work after one week (rigorous exercise should be avoided for a few weeks).
You may experience some mild pain and discomfort, but this is normal and your doctor can prescribe pain medication to help you manage during recovery. Neck liposuction can cause swelling around the area after the procedure, but this will subside during the recovery process. To reduce swelling, you can try to sleep with your head elevated on an extra pillow for about one week after your procedure.
Recovery time from a neck lift with liposuction is quite minimal, as most patients are able to return to work or their usual daily activities after three to five days. You will be given personalised recovery instructions during your consultation at Cosmos Aesthetics Sydney. Generally, these instructions will include to:
Wear a liposuction compression garment to help reduce swelling and promote sufficient healing
Care for your surgical sites as instructed
Follow a healthy diet
Listen to your body and report any concerning signs to your doctor
Attend your post-surgical check-ups
How soon can I see results?
Results can become noticeable after about one week, however, it can take several weeks for swelling to subside. Results also improve over time as the skin tightening process takes place. Typically, patients can see their final results at about six months after the procedure.
What are the potential complications?
Complications with neck liposuction tend to be relatively minor, as chin and neck liposuction with Vaser technology is a less invasive procedure than traditional liposuction methods. However, any medical procedure has some risks associated with them. The potential complications of a neck lift with liposuction can include:
Pain or numbness
Temporary nerve injury
Will I have excess skin on my neck after the procedure?
Vaser tightens the skin with ultrasound technology, which can prevent excess skin from becoming noticeable after the procedure.
What is the difference between neck liposuction and liposuction that is performed on the body?
The Vaser liposuction method is the same on the body as it is on the neck, however, neck liposuction is associated with a faster recovery time as less fat is removed. Swelling typically subsides faster, as the neck sits above the heart.
How long do the results last?
The effects of liposuction are considered permanent as the fat cells will not grow back. Keep in mind, however, that fluctuations in weight can affect the results. Patients are advised to follow a healthy lifestyle and keep their weight in the normal range after the procedure. Furthermore, our skin continues to age and over time so some of the skin laxity can come back in a couple of years.