This procedure is not really a major surgery, but an aspiration of fat from between the skin and muscles in the front of the neck. This commonly referred to as a “double chin” or “turkey gobbler”. Although this term does not fit naturally in a young person, it is a fact that anyone can accumulate unwanted fat in the neck at any age, and this may an individual look older or feel less attractive.
The procedure itself is done under local anesthesia and IV sedation. This means you will not feel pain or discomfort, because we apply a local anesthetic, The operation takes about 30 minutes in thin patients, and about 45 minutes in robust or obese patients.
At the completion of the operation, you will be fitted with a snug chin-neck bandage (Click http://www.caromed.us/product/chin-neck-garment for more information). The use of this garment is 50% of the success of the operation. You should wear it day and night during the recovery period.
When it is done as a stand-alone procedure, it only requires half a day spent at the clinic; you can go home the same evening.
Bruising is common until the end of the 10th day. This is temporary and will improve by itself. Numbness may also occur for a month or so, in the entire neck. Sensation will gradually return.
Below are some important pointers for “before and after” neck liposculpting:
1. Do not take aspirin or aspirin products for 2 to 3 weeks prior to surgery. (Click Non recommended Medicines for more information.)
2. For three consecutive nights before surgery wash the entire face, including your ears, with Isodine foam (Betadine in the US) shampoo. Your pharmacist may suggest an alternative product if you are unable to find it.
4. Do not eat food for 8 hours before your operation.
5. For your own convenience, bring loose comfortable clothes with zippers or buttons.
6. If you get cold, sore throat or pimples inside the nose before the surgery, call the office.
1. Go directly home and remain at rest for 24 to 48 hours. Rest / sleep on your back not on your side. Do not use pillows during the first week.
2. You may get up to use the toilet and for meals only during this period.
3. The first day at home you should take sips of fluids, gradually increasing to a soft diet. If you do not have nausea, you can eat normally.
4. Avoid the sun, hot meals, hot baths and hot environment for a week. Sunbathing may cause blotching of the skin.
5. Do not loosen or remove chin-neck compression bandage during the first five days.
6. The first follow-up visit will be on the sixth day after surgery .Any stitches will be removed at that time.
7. You may remove the bandage for bathing only, after your initial follow-up exam. You may bathe every second day in tepid water, the second week following surgery and daily thereafter but continue to use the bandage for wenty-one days. Avoid extreme water temperatures as they could cause tissue damage.
8. Avoid flexing, bending, or stretching the neck, or turning the head sideways for the first 7 to 12 days which could cause internal bleeding . If you want to turn to one side, use the whole upper part of the body.
9. If, after 21 days you feel tiny lumps, fat accumulation, fluid bags or simply hardness, we recommend gentle circular massage with the fingertips, using some oil or cream.
10. You may resume all normal activities, including sports, one month after surgery.
To view some cases of this surgery click Photo Gallery
Any questions before and after your surgery may be answered in person by calling the office, 684-2551 (US: 619-730-1917) or my cell 664-283-0976 or click Contact us for more information.
I wish you an excellent experience in Plastic Surgery and a speedy recovery.