Neck Lift vs. Neck Lipo: Which is Better?

The skin and muscles of your neck move and stretch constantly throughout your life, resulting in skin laxity and neck bands. On the other hand, you may have a tendency to accumulate fat in this area, giving you a double chin. Your Specialty Aesthetic Surgery team offers options to achieve a more youthful-looking neck. 

What is Neck Liposuction?

Your facial plastic surgeon uses neck liposuction to remove excess fat. This procedure sculpts and slims your neck by removing submental (under the chin) fat. It also restores the definition of the jawline. Neck lipo uses a few small, hidden incisions to insert a cannula. The cannula breaks up and suctions out your unwanted fat. 

What is a Neck Lift?

A neck lift is used to address sagging skin and neck bands. This procedure uses small incisions around the ears and sometimes under the chin to tighten loose skin. Your surgeon will also repair the underlying muscles to eliminate bands. Your neck area looks smoother and more defined, giving you a more youthful appearance. 

Neck Lift vs. Neck Lipo: Which is Better?

Comparing neck lifts with neck lipo means talking about what they are intended to treat. Some people will benefit more from a neck lift, while others will see better results with neck lipo. 

Neck lipo works best for people with submental fat but good skin elasticity. If you have a double chin and your surgeon removes the fat, elastic skin will tighten to give you the slimmer, sculpted neck you want. Candidates for neck lipo alone have concerns about submental fat but no major concerns about sagging or loose skin. 

A neck lift works better for people with signs of aging, such as sagging neck skin. While mild skin laxity can sometimes be treated with non-surgical methods, more significant sagging will respond better to a neck lift. This procedure also addresses signs of aging, like separated neck muscles that cause the appearance of bands. 

Can I Have a Neck Lift and Neck Liposuction?

Many people have a combination of loose neck skin and accumulated fat. As a result, many people benefit from a neck lift that includes neck lipo. During your neck lift procedure, your surgeon will use liposuction as a sculpting tool to give your neck more shape and definition. Combining the two procedures does not increase your recovery time and can give you substantially better results. 

A submentoplasty offers an excellent option for many people. This procedure removes excess fat using neck lipo, then tightens your skin with small incisions. Less invasive than a full neck lift, this procedure lets people benefit from submental fat removal without the full recovery time. The best candidates for this procedure have enough laxity to cause sagging after lipo but not enough for a full neck lift. 

What is Recovery Like After Neck Surgery?

People who have neck liposuction usually experience bruising and swelling after surgery that improves over the following week or two. People with low-activity jobs can usually return to work within a few days. You can resume most normal activities within two weeks. 

People who have a neck lift typically need five to seven days before returning to work. Some more intensive procedures may require up to two weeks. Bruising and swelling fade within a few weeks, and most people can resume normal activities after three to four weeks. 

Combining neck lipo with a neck lift does not extend the recovery time. Since the neck lift recovery is typically longer, you can expect to follow that timeline. 

Can I Have Other Procedures With Neck Surgery?

Neck surgery is commonly combined with a facelift procedure. People who have sagging neck skin often have sagging around the jowls and mid-face. Your Specialty Aesthetic Surgery team offers several types of facelifts, many of which combine well with a neck lift to create a tighter, more youthful mid and lower face. 

What Results Will I See After a Neck Lift or Neck Lipo?

The results of these neck surgery procedures are usually visible immediately. However, swelling will affect your appearance for a few weeks. Most people can appreciate their results within a week or two as the swelling resolves. You will see a slimmer neck with more definition and improved contours. A neck lift or neck lipo can make your chin, neck, and jawline look more sculpted and defined. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Neck Surgery?

Good candidates for neck lipo or a neck lift should meet the same general criteria. Ideal candidates have reasonable expectations about their results. You should have no health problems that would make surgery unsafe. You may not be a good candidate for these procedures if you have certain medical conditions. 

Take the Next Step – Request a Consultation

Want to learn more about neck lifts or neck lipo? Schedule your consultation online or by calling Specialty Aesthetic Surgery at (212) 737-8700. We look forward to working with you!

Specialty Aesthetic Surgery serves the greater NYC metro area.

About Our Surgeons

Bruce Moskowitz is an experienced and board-certified oculoplastic surgeon. His practice encompasses all areas of oculoplastic cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He has a well-known reputation for revision surgery, and a large portion of his practice comes from other colleagues to revise sub-optimal outcomes.

Grigoriy Mashkevich is an experienced and double-board certified facial plastic surgeon. He belongs to a highly select group of surgeons with a focused specialization in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the nose, face, and neck. 

Dr. Anna Frants is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who is experienced in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Her areas of surgical specialty include the face, neck, nose, eyelids, eyebrows, and ears. 

*Individual results may vary. 

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