Submental liposuction, also known as neck liposuction, by our Scottsdale, AZ board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Carlos Mata, can be a beneficial treatment for men and women needing to create a sleeker, slimmer neck, and a stronger facial profile. Extra fat within the neck area may give a person the appearance of having a double chin. With neck liposuction, the excess fat is suctioned out of the area for a slimming effect. Some of our patients will not be candidates for liposuction alone. Many patients with loose and sagging skin may also consider having a neck lift (a skin removal and tightening technique) as well to achieve the best results. Dr. Mata, a.k.a. Dr. Scottsdale® will determine which procedure is correct for you to design your treatment plan.

Compliment with a Necklift

A neck lift removes hanging skin and reshapes the neck. During the procedure, an incision is placed under the chin and/or behind or in front of the ears. If fat deposits are present and need to be removed, liposuction will be used during the surgery and performed first. The final steps of treatment will be to trim away excess skin, pull the remaining underlying tissue and muscle tightness, and suture the incision.

Surgical Technique

During a neck liposuction procedure, a tiny incision is made underneath the chin and a small cannula is inserted so that excess fat deposits may be suctioned. After the desired amount of fat has been removed, small sutures will close the incisions. This procedure leaves minimal scarring. A number of surgeons prefer to use the tumescent liposuction technique (“super wet”), which includes a numbing solution that is combined with a substance that helps control bleeding.

During/After Surgery

Neck liposuction surgery is always performed in our surgical center with the use of IV or deep sedation (patient are breathing on their own). It is an outpatient procedure, but patients are advised to have someone stay with them for at least the first 24 hours. It is important to avoid putting any pressure on the neck and patients will be advised to sleep sitting up for a few days. A restricted diet will also be required to help aid healing. The results are often obvious immediately after surgery with optimal improvement seen after a few months.

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Recover Time7-14 days
Average Procedure Time30 min
Procedure Recovery LocationOut-patient

Neck Liposuction FAQs

​​​​​​​Noticeable Scars?

One of the advantages of liposuction of the neck is that it is minimally invasive and the incisions are just enough to insert a small cannula. Therefore, when the incision does heal, the scars are barely noticeable. Additionally, they are placed in areas where they may easily be concealed.

How much fat?

Neck liposuction generally targets smaller areas of fat compared to other parts of the body where liposuction is desired. The surgeon will continue to suction fat cells until the desired outcome has been attained.

Are results long term?

The fat tissues removed by liposuction are permanently gone. This does not mean that new fat tissues cannot develop. When proper diet and regular exercise are neglected, weight gain will most likely compromise the results of the liposuction. Results may be long term depending on the patient’s weight maintenance.