Sydney plastic surgeon Dr Darryl Hodgkinson explains some of the finer details of liposculpture. Liposculpture is the term used for employing liposuction to re-shape the female figure or define the male phys...Continue Reading
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About The Procedure
Neck liposuction is a procedure that redefines the neckline through the removal of excess fat, a procedure that is common for both women and men. As we age, fat accumulates under the chin, creating a visual appearance that many people refer to as a “turkey neck” and while there is no specific reason why some people experience this and others do not, it has been noted that in some cases it runs in the family.
A neck liposuction procedure can be utilised to remove excess fat from the neck; however, as with all types of surgery, you will need to first be evaluated by Dr. Hodgkinson to ensure you are a suitable candidate for this procedure.
About Neck Liposuction
Excess skin and fatty tissues beneath the jaw is referred to as a double chin. Many of Dr. Hodgkinson’s patients with this problem can be treated by liposuction in Sydney of the excess fat or by direct fat excision via a small incision under the chin. This approach allows fat removal from the neck and jowl region and, via the incision under the chin, direct tightening of the neck's superficial muscles to establish a better look for your face.
The benefits of neck liposuction
The main goal and advantage of the neck liposuction procedure is the rejuvenation of the face or redefining of the neck. Persistent fat deposits can diminish the sharp angles of the neck and jawline that considered as a pleasing aesthetic. A neck liposuction does not involve any cutting or lifting of the skin and provides long-lasting results.
The procedure is ideal for both men and women who wish for a more shapely and refined look while desiring to remove unwanted excess fat from the neck area. The small incisions required to perform the liposuction will be made in concealed areas and will help remove the “double-chin” look leaving a sculptured, contoured neckline and enhanced facial profile.
The process of neck liposuction
Heavy, sagging necks can see a significant improvement when the fat under the skin is removed, helping to retract and tighten the skin in that area. The excess skin will be used to line the under-surface of the jawline, creating a more youthful appearance.
A small incision roughly 2-3mm wide is made in the identified area for the cannula, a small tube which sucks out the excess fat from the neck area. This will take approximately 30 minutes to an hour with the patient being awake or lightly sedated. As the neck area contains many veins, Dr. Hodgkinson makes the incisions in specific locations away from these important veins.
How old do I need to be for neck liposuction?
Neck liposuction is not age-restricted and is appropriate for people of all ages who are experiencing a double chin or "turkey neck."
From late teens, people notice the hereditary features of a chubby, fat neck, and they can tell by looking at their relatives if diet and exercise will solve the problem or not. Liposuction is generally very effective for these fatty accumulations up to the age of about 40.
After the age of 40, men and women who are ageing relatively normally will notice a laxity of skin and sagging muscles under the chin. A mini-lift is the treatment of choice at this stage and can result in a marked "firming" and tensioning of the underlying muscles of the upper neck.
After about age 45, fat and sagging skin combine to make the problem more severe, and at this stage, a neck-lift or a facelift is a better option.
A double chin is not only a sign of ageing or being overweight, it can also be a hereditary area for fatty deposits, so chin liposuction can also produce remarkable results for people in their late teens and early thirties if they wish to address this earlier.
Combining neck liposuction and rhinoplasty
For optimal results and balance to the facial profile, we find many patients benefit from the combination of a rhinoplasty and neck liposuction. The shape and size of the nose, along with the contour of the jawline make up the major hallmarks of a person's profile (as does the position of the cheekbones). The neck area can be a repository for residual fat, even in people who have a high level of fitness and are considered to be in shape.
To help patients achieve their visual goals, it may sometimes be necessary to couple the neck liposuction with a rhinoplasty (nose job) to give the overall profile a more balanced and attractive appearance. As these procedures are both same-day, they can be carried out at our fully licensed and accredited day surgery centre, which helps to reduce the impact and recovery time for patients while also achieving their goals.
Neck liposuction with Dr. Hodgkinson
Dr. Hodgkinson is highly experienced in a range of liposuction procedures. He spends a significant amount of preparation time getting to know his patients and understanding their goals. He and his team believe that the relationship between patient and doctor is a vital part of a successful surgery. To help with this, Dr. Hodgkinson uses a computer program called 'Alter Image' which allows patients to understand the expected results of their procedure before making a final decision on whether or not to undergo it. When Dr. Hodgkinson approaches a procedure, he aims for the most natural result, almost as if you never had any surgery at all.
The reasons why so many people choose Dr. Hodgkinson for a range of cosmetic and plastic surgery options, are his internationally recognized skills and expertise acquired over many years training and working in the field of cosmetic and plastic surgery. Dr. Hodgkinson studied at the prestigious Mayo Clinic, where he received his surgical training with which he has been practicing for over 30 years. He holds two degrees in plastic surgery, and serves on the Scientific Committee with the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). Dr. Hodgkinson is also the author of three books, ‘Cosmetic Surgery: Just The Facts’ and ‘Your Cosmetic Surgery Consultation.’
About Our Surgery
Dr. Hodgkinson operates from the state of the art Double Bay Day Surgery which offers the highest-quality experience for every patient. A great asset of this surgery, is Dr. Hodgkinson’s hand-picked team who are well experienced and knowledgeable in cosmetic and plastic surgery, ready to meet the needs and desires of each and every patient. The team ensures that all questions are answered before a final decision is made, so that every patient is completely confident in making an informed choice around undergoing surgery or not.
The post-operative care process administered by our highly skilled nursing staff is second-to-none, with a team that is on call 24 hours a day. If need be, home care options are also available as we look to provide the most comfortable experience possible for all of our patients. We take pride in creating a relaxed and professional clinic for our patients as we understand the stress that can come with surgical procedures. With your goals firmly in sight, we look to provide a pleasant experience and exceptional results.
Our highly skilled staff consists of an intensive care anaesthetists, registered nurses, and surgical technicians well trained and experienced in the various cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures we offer. You can be assured that you will receive the finest care and detailed information in regards to your procedure. We strongly encourage that you ask any questions that you may have of our team so that you are completely comfortable before beginning any surgical procedure. We take the care of our patients very seriously, along with delivering high quality results.
Liposuction or liposculpture body sculpting are extremely common cosmetic surgery procedures which Dr. Hodgkinson performs on all parts of the body quite regularly. These procedures have been proven safe, create minimal scarring, and offer outstanding results for patients. The various liposuction techniques are the preferred method for removing fat from areas all over the body, including the neck and face, but also popular in the hips, thighs, buttocks, and midriff.
As a leader in liposuction, Dr. Hodgkinson makes it clear to all patients that liposuction is not an alternative to weight reduction. The procedure is effective in removing fat from areas that do not respond to diet and exercise, and in the case of the neck, those who experience hereditary fat accumulation that can be very hard to address via other methods. Those looking to lose weight via liposuction will need to discuss other alternatives during a consultation.
Why liposuction is so safe
Modern liposuction involves several different processes, each suited to particular results. These can include suction-assisted lipectomy as used in the neck, ultrasonic-assisted liposculpture, power-assisted liposculpture, and the tumescent technique. The techniques can be used individually or combined based on the patient’s specific body composition.
As all patients are different, Dr. Hodgkinson will determine the best course of action for your specific situation during a consultation while also explaining the type of results you can expect. Dr. Hodgkinson is well-experienced in the liposuction procedure and has been performing it since its inception, working on both men and women, on all sections of the body and using all the various processes to exceptional results and very happy patients.
What Is The S-Lift?
Many patients ask this. The S-Lift is a re-invention of a very antiquated technique of facelifting; one that was abandoned because it did not address the major problems of ageing which include laxity of the soft tissues of the neck and fat accumulation. The S-Lift is described as "surgery for beginners" and a technique which "merely approaches the laxity of skin issue". It is commonly known that tightening the skin alone leads to unacceptable scars and extremely short-term results. Before and after results most often published show patients after only a few days or weeks. The plastic surgical community abandoned the initial facelifting techniques (which were introduced in the 1920s and 1930s and continued into the 1950s) to perform more thorough procedures.
Before and 6 months after Neck Liposuction
With these early techniques, patients were dissatisfied with the fact that they underwent a surgical procedure with subsequent visible scarring and very temporary results. In the 1970s and 1980s, with the introduction of the more thorough procedures, it was established that by working first on the fat and the loose tissues underneath the skin to re-establish a youthful contour and then redraping the skin, a longer lasting, more natural and hence cost-effective result without the unwanted scars could be achieved. Dr. Hodgkinson states "I am still following up the first facelift I did for a patient upon my return to Australia in 1990. This patient is still satisfied with her result almost 30 years later, because the issues and tissues of the ageing face were dealt with properly at the outset. I hope this explains to you what the S-Lift is and why I would never revert to a procedure which I know is a waste of a patient's time, energy and money."
Before & After Pan Facial Rejuventation by Dr Hodgkinson: SMAS Full Facelift & Eyelid Surgery
What Can I Do About My Double Chin?
A double chin is not only a sign of ageing or being overweight but can also be a hereditary area for fatty deposits. For persons in their teens to thirties who still have good elasticity in their skin (and even older in some cases) Liposuction to the chin and neck can produce remarkable results. Naturally, the surgeon must be artistically skilled in remodelling the patient’s profile to suit their features and facial balance.
How much recovery time is required with neck liposuction?
It is common that you will be able to return to work quickly after the procedure, but this will vary with each patient as everyone has varying levels of healing ability. After surgery, you will be required to wear a neck garment which will help retract the skin, and it is common that you may experience slight bruising after the treatment.
How do I know neck liposuction is right for me?
If you have loose, sagging skin and excess fat in the neck area that you are able to hold, then it can likely be removed. Your consultation with Dr. Hodgkinson is crucial and will be the determining factor as to whether or not this is the right procedure for you, or if a different course of action may be more suitable for your situation and goals.
Before and 6 months after Neck Liposuction and rhinoplasty
How different will I look?
Neck liposuction is often one of the most effective procedures in creating a younger aesthetic as a tight neckline is a key element to a youthful look. Sagging necks are usually a sign of ageing, and neck liposuction will give a very refreshed appearance to the patient.
How long will the results last?
Neck liposuction produces a long-lasting result which will have a very low chance of requiring a second procedure however your weight must remain stable after the proceedure.
Will there be scarring?
Scarring will be minimal if existent at all, as only two tiny incision marks will be left under the jaw. It is common that you may experience a small amount of fluid weeping from the incision points, as is standard with all forms of liposuction.
Before and 6 months after Neck Liposuction
Are there any risks associated with neck liposuction?
We make it clear to patients that all surgeries come with a level of risk; however, none of the standard complications which are listed as surgical risks have been experienced by Dr. Hodgkinson's patients.
The potential risks associated with neck liposuction, or any other liposuction procedure are;
- Adverse anesthesia reactions
- Pigmentation changes
- Skin injury
- Bagginess or rippling of the skin
- Prolonged bruising
- Fluid retention or fluid loss
- THESE COMPLICATIONS are VERY UNCOMMON
Dr. Hodgkinson and his team are highly skilled and trained and take every precaution to ensure that your liposuction procedure is extremely safe and handled professionally. Our in-depth aftercare program ensures that from consultation to recovery, you have a pleasant experience with excellent results.
Is there anything else I need to know about recovery?
It is not uncommon that after the neck liposuction procedure, you will experience temporary bruising, swelling, or possibly numbness, particularly around the incision marks. For most patients, the discomfort is considered minimal and easily managed with medication; however, it is important to be aware that everyone has a different pain threshold.
We strongly recommend avoiding strenuous activities for about two weeks to allow enough time for healing and to help achieve the most optimal results. All recovery information will be discussed during your consultation, along with any specific instructions that you will need to adhere to during your healing. As always, our highly skilled team is on-hand 24 hours a day to ensure that you do not experience any issues and have the necessary support during the healing process.