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Introduction

Most patients’ concerns with the appearance of the neck can be simplified by categorizing them into:

  1. Excess fat (e.g. ‘double chin’)
  2. Muscle banding due to lax muscles (vertical cords commonly seen in the necks of older patients)
  3. Excess skin or stretched skin (e.g. ‘turkey neck’)

A patient with excess fat can be treated with Neck Liposuction. Performed by our board-certified plastic surgeon—Dr. Lawrence Tong—Neck and Chin Liposuction is the most straightforward neck rejuvenation procedure, with the shortest recovery period and least cost.

What Does Chin and Neck Liposuction Accomplish?

Chin and Neck Liposuction makes the neck slimmer and more youthful looking. The procedure is designed for patients who have excess fat in the neck and good skin quality.

Specifically, the procedure does the following:

  • Removal of fatty tissue from the neck and ‘double chin’ area
  • Helps to refine a sharper transition at the angle under the chin
  • Helps to provide better definition between the jaw line and neck

Best Candidates for Chin and Neck Liposuction

The procedure is best suited for patients who have excess fat in their neck without sagging, stretched, or loose neck skin. If loose skin exists, a Neck Lift is likely more appropriate. If a patient has muscle banding of the neck in addition to excess neck fat, they should consider a Mini Neck Lift.

Best candidates:

  • Generally younger patients (30-50’s)
  • Good skin tone in the neck
  • Excess fat in the neck

Chin and Neck Liposuction Incisions

Any surgical procedure will leave some type of scar. A plastic surgeon specializes in obtaining the least visible scars and putting them in the least visible places. The incision for Chin and Neck Liposuction is 3 mm long located in the ‘double chin’ fold. It heals to be virtually undetectable, in the majority of cases.

Details of the Chin and Neck Liposuction Procedure

Dr. Tong performs your surgery in the private CAAASF accredited surgery centre, on the 3rd floor of 199 Avenue Road. He performs Neck Liposuction under general anesthesia or IV sedation on an outpatient basis. Select patients may have this procedure performed solely under local anesthetic.

Chin and Neck Liposuction performed by Dr. Tong starts with infusing the neck and chin region with a special fluid mixture (called tumescent fluid) that contains a local anesthetic and saline fluid, among other medications. The fluid helps to facilitate easier fat removal, and minimizes bleeding and post-operative discomfort. Dr. Tong performs the Liposuction to a uniform degree of fat thickness, thus achieving a natural, non-operated look. The incision is stitched back together with a single stitch. A dressing is applied and you are gently awakened from anesthesia.

Recovery after Chin and Neck Liposuction

Our registered nursing staff will monitor you in the post-anesthesia recovery area following your surgery. You will be allowed to go home after the effects of anesthesia have worn off, accompanied by a friend or family member.

At home, you may do non-strenuous activities such as watching television or listening to music. Otherwise, you should try to rest and relax as much as possible. Use multiple pillows to keep your head elevated when you sleep. This helps decrease swelling and improves recovery time. Pain is typically mild. Dr. Tong will prescribe narcotic pain medication, which is typically used for less than 3 days. There will be some bruising, typically lasting a few days to a week. We provide a removable compression dressing and encourage you to wear it as much as possible during the first week.

At one week, you will have an appointment to see Dr. Tong and have your stitches removed. The majority of patients return to non-strenuous work at 3-5 days. You will be allowed to start light exercise (e.g. exercise walking) at 1 week after surgery. Avoid strenuous activity until 3 weeks after surgery. In addition to the initial visit, you will see Dr. Tong at 6 weeks and 6 months after surgery. We will take post-operative photos at these visits to document your progress.

As with any surgery, there are risks involved with having Neck and Chin Liposuction. Although the procedure has a very low risk profile, Dr. Tong will make sure to go over the potential problems associated with Neck Liposuction during your consultations.

Get Educated About Chin and Neck Liposuction in Toronto

Patients should obtain all the information about their surgery options before making a decision. Dr. Tong will make sure that you understand all aspects of the Chin and Neck Liposuction surgery process. The initial consultation may take over 45 minutes to complete, and Dr. Tong will take the time you answer all your questions. Our first goal is to educate you. We feel strongly that the educated patient will make the best choices about their surgery and their surgeon.

To learn more about how Toronto Chin and Neck Liposuction surgeon Dr. Lawrence Tong can help you improve the appearance of your neck, set up a consultation by giving us a call at (416) 972-0999. If you wish, let us give you a call; just fill out our contact form and we will call you on the same or the next business day. No physician’s referral is required.

See Dr. Tong’s work in our Chin and Neck Liposuction before and after photos.

Chin and Neck Liposuction at a Glance

What the procedure does
Makes the neck/area under the chin slimmer by removing fat
Duration of the result
Usually permanent; neck may sag with weight gain, aging, smoking, sun tanning
Length of time to perform the procedure
30 minutes – 45 minutes
Type of anesthetic most commonly used
IV sedation or general, local anesthetic only in select patients
Length of time off of work
3-5 days
Time to get back to exercise
2 weeks light exercise, 4 weeks heavy exercise
Pitfalls your Plastic Surgeon should avoid
  • Overly defatted neck (skeletonized appearance)
  • Performing Neck Liposuction when a Neck Lift is needed
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