Neck liposuction is a relatively quick and very effective procedure to address pockets of fat that appear below the chin in the neck area. Find out more in this informative video from Dr. Jeffrey Popp at Popp Cosmetic Surgery PC in Omaha.
You’re Going to Get Liposuction Where?
Neck liposuction may sound like a pain in the neck but actually, Dr. Jeff Popp said it’s actually very fast, very quick and very effective, “I think if more people knew how easy it was, more people would have it done.”
People get neck liposuction to address pockets of fat that appear below their chin in the neck area.
The bad news is this is largely a result of genetics, so either your mother’s or your father’s side of the family had the same issue. And it could be a small pocket or a massive pocket full of fat.
Neck liposuction is used to get rid of that fat, which exists between the skin on the outside and the neck muscle on the inside.
The Neck Liposuction Procedure Itself is Super Simple
- You can have it done while you’re wide awake or asleep.
- The numbing process takes about five minutes.
- The procedure itself about 20.
- And it’s a four-day recovery.
Dr. Popp explained how the liposuction is done, “We make three small puncture holes. These are so small that we don’t put stitches in. We use those three holes to give the patient the anesthetic solution (Novocain-like). Then we go back through those same three holes and clear all the fat out of the neck. It takes about 10-15 minutes.”
As far as recovery goes, you wear an elastic band after the procedure for about four days. By day three you may see some bruising on the lower part of the neck. But you won’t see much of the incisions, even three days out.
Dr. Popp said there’s not much pain, “There’s some soreness in the neck but it’s a quick recovery.”
Who is the “Typical” Neck Liposuction Patient?
The answer may surprise you. Primarily, Dr. Popp sees clients in their 30s and 40s. That’s because their skin is snappy and after the fat is sucked out, their skin will just suck right back up and be smooth.
“In your 60s, 70s and 80s, you have skin that has lost its elasticity. The only exception would be neck lifts. Generally, older individuals seek out neck lifts and the neck liposuction is done as part of that process,” he said.
Dr. Popp said the hoped for outcome is a neck that looks like a right angle when viewed from the side, rather than an obtuse angle.
A Word About Kybella
Dr. Popp said quite a few of the clients he has seen for neck liposuction try Kybella first believing it will magically take care of their neck fat. But that’s not what happens for many.
He explained Kybella has been around a long time and it’s meant to melt the fat in your neck through a series of injections.
“The problem is it’s inconsistent. It might melt fat on the right side of your neck but not the left. And it can cause tremendous swelling,” said Dr. Popp.
He said lately he has seen more people in his office who have gone the Kybella route and end up having neck liposuction than ever before. He said he had one woman come in who had had three Kybella injections with no results. She ended up having neck liposuction and was extremely pleased with the results.
“It’s a 20-minute operation under local anesthesia with a four-day recovery. If I look at all cosmetic procedures I do it’s probably one of the easiest, most successful surgeries,” said Dr. Popp.