Age, genetics, sun exposure, smoking and weight loss can all affect the appearance of your neck. After the age of 35 or 40, the skin around your throat can take on a slack, papery quality, adding years to your looks. On the other hand, you might have a genetic predisposition to developing a wattle or a double chin. What’s it going to take to get that slender, swan-like throat you’ve always dreamed of? When considering whether you need a neck lift or just a bit of submental (under-the-chin) liposuction, a plastic surgeon may consider the following factors:
- The elasticity of your skin. If your neck is still taut and relatively unwrinkled, liposuction may be enough to restore a more youthful look. On the other hand, if your skin is loose and has a crepe-like texture, your surgeon will probably recommend a neck lift to tighten the skin and reduce wrinkles and banding.
- Your age. If you’re under the age of 40, the tissues in your neck are probably firm enough to let you get by with a little liposuction under your chin. If your skin lacks elasticity, however, removing the fat without lifting the neck leave your throat with a slack, jowly quality.
- The depth of your fat tissue. If the fatty tissue that’s plumping up your chin is located under the skin, your surgeon may decide to go with liposuction. If the fat lies deeper under your tissues, liposuction may not be enough to sculpt the area.
- Your cosmetic goals. A neck lift can tighten the muscles around your neck and jaw while removing redundant skin. If you want to have a sharply etched profile with a deeper definition of your neck and jawline, a lift may be the best way to get these results. If you’re seeking a softer curve, liposuction may be enough to give your neck more definition.
- Your budget. A neck lift is a more costly procedure than neck lipo. While a competent plastic surgeon won’t advise you to accept a less extensive procedure just to lower your bill, cost is a serious concern for many cosmetic patients. If you can get by with liposuction alone, you may spend considerably less money. A board certified plastic surgeon will evaluate you in person, take photos of your face and neck and talk with you about your goals to help you reach a decision.