Neck and Chin Liposuction

Austin Neck and Chin Liposuction vs. Deep Structural Neck Lift

If you look older or heavier than you’d like due to issues like a heavy neck, submental fullness, or a lack of definition between the chin and jawline, you may be contemplating liposuction. However, multiple factors contribute to these problems—not just unwanted fat deposits.

Read on to learn more about whether neck and chin liposuction is right for you, then schedule your consultation with Dr. Indeyeva by calling us at (512) 831-5397 or reaching out to us online.

Liposuction vs. Deep Neck Lift: Which Option is Right for Me?

deep neck lift addresses the contour of the neck, by many layers, including the skin, muscle, fat, connective tissue, and glands to sculpt the neckline and jawline. 

Neck liposuction on the other hand only addresses pockets of fat right under the skin on the neck or jawline.  In many cases, if a patient undergoes liposuction alone without addressing the skin, muscle, connective tissue and glands, the liposuction could actually make their unfavorable features worse.

Interest in facial sculpting is on the rise, with numerous patients requesting slimming/thinning treatments for the neck, jawline, and areas under the chin.  Frequently, these individuals have had to live with a “double chin” or a profile that they have disliked even from a young age.  It is not uncommon for these features to be passed on by parents or grandparents who often have a similar appearance.

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Figure 1: Visual representation of factors (other than weight gain or aging) that can lead to a full/heavy neck 

If you look older or heavier than you’d like due to issues like a heavy neck, submental fullness, or a lack of definition between the chin and jawline, you may be contemplating liposuction. However, multiple factors contribute to these problems—not just unwanted fat deposits.

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Figure 2: Illustration of different types of neck fat: Subcutaneous (treated with liposuction) and Subplatysmal fat (treated with a neck lift)

Reference: O’Daniel and Kochare. Deep Neck Lifting. Advances in Cosmetic Surgery 3 (2020) 189–208.

neck and chin liposuction graphic showing supraplatysma

Figure 3: Illustration of enlarged gland contributing to full/heavy neck and obliteration of neck angle.  The “blue” pane demonstrates how surgically trimming a bulging portion of the gland can lead to a reduction of bulk under the chin

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For those who are interested in learning more about Dr. Indeyeva’s deep neck lift procedure, please visit the deep structural neck lift procedure page.  If it is determined that you are a good candidate for chin liposuction, additional information about neck and chin liposuction may be found below: 

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Deep Plane Facelift and Deep Structural Necklift (Before & After)

Why Does Your Neck Look Heavy or Wide?

Several variables can cause the appearance of a double chin or a poorly defined jawline. These include:

  • Redundant lax platysma muscle
  • Deep fat pockets that liposuction cannot access
  • Enlarged salivary glands that hang low below the jawline and create a bulky look
  • Other muscle groups that are bulky located deep within the neck
  • Hyoid bone that sits low and forward in the neck, leading to an obtuse angle

Since liposuction is only a solution for superficial subcutaneous fat pockets, it cannot successfully resolve these issues. Instead, you may wish to consider a deep structural neck lift or combination neck lift and Extended Deep Plane Facelift.

Alternatives to Neck and Chin Liposuction

Many people who think they need liposuction are actually better candidates for a deep structural neck lift or deep-plane facelift. One reason is that removing neck fat with liposuction can impact the smoothness of the area by making platysmal banding look more prominent. Additionally, patients with insufficient skin laxity can experience sagging after chin and neck liposuction if their skin does not conform to its new contours.

As a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in advanced surgical techniques, Dr. Yula Indeyeva can help you decide which procedure—or combination of procedures—is best to address your unique needs and aesthetic goals.

Dr. Indeyeva’s exclusive training has given her the comprehensive anatomical knowledge necessary to perform deep structural neck lift surgery. This approach can provide a far more comprehensive improvement to neck fullness by allowing her to access the excess fat, underlying muscles, and glands that add bulk to the neck and jawline areas. When paired with an expertly performed deep-plane facelift, the result is a beautifully smooth, youthful, and natural-looking appearance.

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Am I a Good Candidate for Neck and Chin Liposuction?

before and after neck and chin liposuction left angle view female patient Austin, TX

If your primary cosmetic concern is excess fat on your neck and along your jawline, neck and chin liposuction may be your ideal solution. However, if you also have significant skin laxity on the neck creating a “turkey wattle,” you would benefit more from a surgical neck lift that removes loose skin, tightens the remaining tissues, and resolves neck banding.

If you aren’t sure whether to choose a traditional neck lift or neck and chin liposuction, Dr. Indeyeva will help you make an informed decision about which procedure is better for you.

What to Expect During and After Neck and Chin Liposuction

Neck and chin liposuction is minimally invasive, so Dr. Indeyeva can perform it with light sedation and a local anesthetic in our well-appointed office. If you’d be more comfortable being asleep during your procedure, you can elect to have deeper anesthesia in a surgical center.

Many patients report feeling minimal pain during their neck and chin liposuction recovery process. Dr. Indeyeva can write you a prescription for a painkiller if you need it, but you may be able to manage any discomfort you experience with over-the-counter medication. If you have any questions or concerns while healing from liposuction, please reach out to us anytime.

While you recover, you’ll need to avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting; however, we encourage taking light walks around your home or neighborhood to encourage circulation and speed the recovery process.

Neck and chin liposuction side effects are usually minor because the incisions are so tiny. If you experience bruising and swelling, you can relieve these with ice packs until they resolve on their own. If you have any remaining discoloration after the first week or two, you can apply makeup to cover it. Most of our patients feel well enough to return to work within one week of having neck and chin liposuction.

Neck and Chin Procedures in Austin, Texas

As a leading female facial plastic surgeon in Austin, Dr. Indeyeva has dedicated her entire practice to facial and neck procedures. She is passionate about using her skills to improve patients’ self-confidence and quality of life, helping them age more gracefully. Please schedule your consultation today to learn more about deep structural neck lifts, Extended Deep Plane Facelift, or any of the other surgical and non-surgical procedures we offer to support your aesthetic goals.  

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Dr. Yula Indeyeva is a highly trained, double board-certified plastic surgeon in Otolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery) and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  She is a specialist in surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation methods for the face, head, and neck. With her mastery of everything from dermal fillers to Extended Deep Plane Facelift, Dr. Indeyeva loves guiding her patients along their journey towards a more confident, empowered, and beautiful self.

“I strongly believe in the mind-body connection, and I’m convinced that when people feel their best and most confident, they radiate their purest, highest, most positive energy into the world. Through my skill set, I will empower people to feel their best and achieve their highest potential.”​ -Dr. Yula Indeyeva

Frequently Asked Questions About Neck and Chin Liposuction

Your jawline and neck definition will look better almost immediately, but your appearance will continue improving as the swelling goes down. 

You’ll continue to enjoy your improved appearance as long as you are willing to maintain a stable weight. However, no surgery can halt the natural aging process. As you get older, you may experience a loss of skin laxity that causes a lack of definition in your lower face to return.

Dr. Indeyeva uses her skill as a fellowship-trained surgeon to create tiny liposuction incisions in inconspicuous areas. If you carefully follow your post-surgical instructions and are diligent about minimizing your sun exposure, your fully healed incisions should be nearly undetectable. Scars will continue to fade and flatten as time goes by.

Yes! If you wish, Dr. Indeyeva can perform your neck and chin liposuction in conjunction with procedures like a facelift or surgical neck lift. Combining surgeries can dramatically enhance your overall facial appearance.

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