Michael E. Decherd, M.D.
San Antonio Plastic Surgery Institute
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Neck Liposuction

Neck Liposuction Surgery in San Antonio, Texas*

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Neck Liposuction Overview

San Antonio plastic surgeon, Dr. Decherd frequently helps patients that complain of a “double chin” look by performing neck liposuction surgery. Liposuction targeted at the pockets of fat that reside in the neck can yield a slimmer and more porportionately contoured neckline. By itself, neck liposuction can yield excellent aesthetic improvements. However, for patients with loose or sagging skin, a neck lift may be required to reach the patient's desired profile. Dr. Decherd provides a thorough assessment for each individual patient to help them attain their desired look. 

Surgical Technique

During liposuction, a small incision will be made just below the chin and excess fat will be removed from the neck through a cannula. Most surgeons prefer to use the tumescent (“superwet”) liposuction technique. During this approach, a liquid made up of saline, a numbing agent and a substance that controls bleeding will be injected. This procedure may be a stand-alone procedure but, in most cases, it used in unison with the neck lift. 

Neck Lift

Once the fat has been removed from the neck, incisions are made under the chin and near the ears to allow the surgeon access to the neck muscles. At this time, the muscles will be pulled tight and the overlying skin will be stretched and re-draped over the neck so the desired definition and contour is attained. A drain may be placed under the skin to help collect fluid and blood, but this drain is usually removed within 24-48 hours. If a combination procedure is taking place, such as a facelift, the neck lift will most likely occur after the facelift has been completed.

During/After Surgery

All neck liposuction procedures are performed in an accredited surgical facility under general anesthesia. Following surgery, patients will wear a compression garment to control swelling. Patients who have a combined surgery of neck liposuction plus a lift will have a longer recovery period. During the first follow-up visit, when all bandages are removed, patients will be able to see the results immediately.

Expected Cost

The cost for neck liposuction will vary. On average, patients can expect to pay between $2,000-$4,500 with additional cost if any accompanying surgeries took place.

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Average Cost  
$2,000 - $4,500
Recovery Time  
1 Week
Average Procedure Time  
2 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
2 Weeks
Procedure Recovery Location  
Outpatient
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Neck Liposuction FAQ’s

Will I Have a Scar?

Scarring with liposuction is very minimal. The incisions will range from keyhole punch marks to very small lines and usually are not an issue with this procedure.

Small Amounts of Fat?

Liposuction removes both small and large amounts of fat. Patients that have a small, yet distinct bulge residing just under the chin will benefit greatly from this procedure. The removal of this fatty bulge should be fairly straightforward. 

Small Amounts of Fat?

Liposuction removes both small and large amounts of fat. Patients that have a small, yet distinct bulge residing just under the chin will benefit greatly from this procedure. The removal of this fatty bulge should be fairly straightforward. 

Does the Fat Come Back??

The fat cells removed during liposuction do not come back. However, patients that gain weight after surgery are at risk of regaining fat because the remaining cells left behind can expand and become larger. Patients that adhere to a healthy diet and exercise program will continue to see results years after their surgery.

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*Stock images are models. Case photos are actual patients of Dr. Decherd. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.