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Double Chin & Submental Fullness

As we age, we lose fat and volume in our faces and along our jawlines. In fact, restoring fat or volume back into the face through fat transfer or injectable fillers are common aesthetic procedures, as high cheeks, plump lips, and contoured jawlines can enhance facial harmony and a youthful appearance. However, some people retain excess fat deposits underneath their chin and in the neck that obscure the jawline.

Dr. Burchhardt recognizes that neck and jawline contours are not just a matter of genetics but also of personal confidence. Neck liposuction and neck contouring through platysmaplasty offer a minimally invasive solution for those seeking to reverse the effects of time or to achieve a more defined neck and jawline than they had never had before. Whether it’s addressing a double chin or enhancing overall facial harmony, these procedures can help you showcase the refined appearance you desire.

Neck Liposuction & Neck Contouring Correct:

  • Excess fat deposits in the neck area
  • Double chin
  • Lack of neck and jawline definition
  • Poor neck contour

Neck Liposuction & Neck Contouring: An Overview

Neck liposuction and neck contouring with platysmaplasty are cosmetic procedures to sculpt and refine the neck and jawline. Neck liposuction involves the removal of excess fat deposits in the neck area through tiny incisions, often under local anesthesia. The fat deposits are strategically removed to make the neck look slimmer and more chiseled. When paired with neck contouring or platysmaplasty, an additional incision is made underneath the chin to allow access to the platysma muscle along the front of the neck. Through this incision, Dr. Burchhardt can tighten the muscle and contour the neck. These techniques can yield impressive results in restoring a youthful and defined neck and jawline.

This procedure is well-suited for younger patients with good skin elasticity who want to eliminate stubborn fat pockets, such as a double chin. In some cases, neck contouring may include a neck lift, which involves trimming away and tightening excess skin to address concerns like a turkey neck. Dr. Burchhardt may also recommend procedures like buccal fat removal, which involves removing pronounced fat pads from the cheeks, for a more sculpted lower face.

Preparing for Neck Liposuction and Neck Contouring

If you’re considering neck liposuction and neck contouring, proper preparation is essential for a successful outcome. First and foremost, schedule a consultation with Dr. Burchhardt to discuss your goals, medical history, and any concerns you may have. During this visit, you’ll receive personalized guidance on how to prepare for the procedure. In the weeks leading up to your surgery, it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Maintain a balanced diet, stay hydrated, and avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. Dr. Burchhardt will also recommend temporarily discontinuing certain medications or supplements that could increase the risk of bleeding. Lastly, arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home after the procedure and assist with your care during the initial recovery period.

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How Neck Liposuction & Contouring Is Performed

Neck Liposuction

During neck liposuction, Dr. Burchhardt administers local anesthesia to numb the area. Next, small incisions are made near the chin and behind the ears. A thin, hollow tube called a cannula is inserted through these incisions. Dr. Burchhardt uses gentle back-and-forth motions to break up and suction out excess fat deposits from the neck, sculpting a more defined contour. Once the desired fat removal is achieved, the incisions are closed. This minimally invasive procedure typically takes about one hour and can be done in the office under local anesthesia.

Neck Contouring with Platysmaplasty or a Neck Lift

Neck contouring combined with a platysmaplasty allows for a restructuring of deeper neck tissues to sculpt the neck into a more defined contour. An incision is made underneath the chin to allow access to the platysma muscle and deeper neck structures. Tightening this muscle and restructuring the deeper tissues can slim the neckline and create a harmonious jawline and neck. In younger individuals, the skin has sufficient elasticity and will drape around the new neckline. Once aging has progressed and the skin has lost its elasticity, a concomitant neck lift is needed to remove excess skin to showcase the newly created youthful neck contour. This combined approach effectively addresses sagging skin, wrinkles, and poor neck definition, helping patients achieve a more harmonious appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Burchhardt will advise you on which procedures will work best with your anatomy and will recommend a personalized treatment plan based on your aesthetic goals.

Neck Liposuction and Neck Contouring Recovery & Results

After your neck liposuction and contouring, you may experience some swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort, which are common side effects and typically subside within a few weeks. Dr. Burchhardt will provide post-operative instructions, including the use of compression garments to minimize swelling and support the healing process. You’ll start to see noticeable improvements in your neck and jawline as the swelling diminishes, usually within a few weeks. However, the final results may take a few months to fully reveal themselves as your skin tightens and adjusts to its new contours. Many patients are thrilled with the natural, rejuvenated appearance that neck liposuction and contouring can provide. Dr. Burchhardt will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress.

Neck Liposuction and Neck Contouring FAQs

Who is a good candidate for neck liposuction and contouring?

Ideal candidates are typically younger individuals with good skin elasticity, who want to address excess fat in the neck area, a double chin, or achieve a more defined neck and jawline.

Is neck liposuction a standalone procedure, or can it be combined with other treatments?

Neck liposuction can be performed on its own, but it’s often combined with neck contouring and platysmaplasty to address deeper neck structures. It can also be paired with a neck lift for more comprehensive rejuvenation. In some cases, Dr. Burchhardt also recommends buccal fat removal for a more sculpted look of the lower face region.

Are the results of neck liposuction and contouring permanent?

While the fat removed during the procedure and any structural work is permanent, the aging process will continue. However, the results can last many years, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help preserve your rejuvenated neck and jawline.

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Why Choose Dr. Burchhardt?

Dr. Daniela Burchhardt is not your typical plastic surgeon. With double board certifications in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, her entire surgical background revolves around the intricate tissues of the face and neck. She combines a woman’s touch and aesthetic sensibilities with surgical skill and technical expertise, providing a comprehensive and compassionate approach to facial rejuvenation. We invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Burchhardt to discover your options for enhancing your neck and jawline.

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