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Neck Lift vs Neck Liposuction

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Navigating the world of cosmetic procedures can sometimes feel like deciphering a complex puzzle. With many options available, it’s no wonder that procedures like neck liposuction and neck lift surgery might be mistaken for being one and the same. While they both can change the contours of the jawline, under-chin area, and neck, it’s crucial to recognise that these two cosmetic surgical procedures are distinct entities. They each target different ageing characteristics, yield diverse results, and vary significantly in terms of the recovery journey.

In this blog article, we’ll concisely compare neck liposuction and neck lift surgery. We’ll explore the benefits and drawbacks of each procedure, empowering you to decide which option aligns best with your unique needs – whether it’s neck liposuction, a neck lift, or even a combination of both procedures.

What is Neck Liposuction?

Neck liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure designed to remove excess fat deposits from the neck area. This procedure is ideal for individuals who struggle with the appearance of a double chin or stubborn pockets of fat that have not responded to diet and exercise. During the procedure, a small incision is made, through which a thin tube (cannula) is inserted to suction out the excess fat. The result is a more sculpted and defined neck contour.

What is a Neck Lift?

A neck lift, on the other hand, is a surgical procedure that goes beyond fat removal to address multiple aspects of neck ageing, including sagging skin and weakened neck muscles. This comprehensive procedure is often chosen by individuals who have experienced significant neck laxity. During a neck lift, incisions are made either behind the ears or under the chin, allowing the surgeon to tighten muscles, remove excess skin, and redrape the remaining skin for a smoother and more youthful appearance.

Neck Lift vs Neck Liposuction: What’s The Difference?

  • Results: A neck lift surgery can help address fat, sagging skin, and muscle laxity. In contrast, neck liposuction mainly targets fat removal and may not effectively address skin or muscle concerns.
  • Invasiveness: Neck liposuction is minimally invasive, with smaller incisions and a shorter recovery period. Neck lift surgery is more invasive, requiring a longer recovery due to its comprehensive approach.
  • Anaesthesia: Both procedures can use local anaesthesia with sedation or general anaesthesia, based on the surgery’s extent and patient preferences.
  • Recovery (Downtime): Neck liposuction has shorter downtime, letting patients resume activities within days to a week. Neck lift surgery involves a more prolonged recovery spanning several weeks.
  • Scarring: Both procedures result in minimal scarring. Neck liposuction leaves inconspicuous incision marks, while neck lift surgery strategically places incisions for discreet healing.
  • Cost: Neck liposuction is generally more cost-effective due to its minimally invasive nature compared to neck lift surgery.

Selecting the Right Procedure for You

Ultimately, the decision between neck lift and neck liposuction should be made in consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon with experience in both procedures. Dr Jack Zoumaras, a world-trained plastic and face surgeon with training in New York and Paris, is a peer-reviewed expert in both neck lift surgery and neck liposuction. With a keen eye for aesthetic detail and a commitment to delivering natural-looking results, Dr Zoumaras can guide you towards the most suitable option for your unique needs.

Whether you’re seeking a more sculpted neck contour or a comprehensive transformation, the expertise of Dr Zoumaras ensures that you’ll receive personalised care and exceptional results. Schedule a consultation today to embark on your journey to a more youthful you.

Disclaimer: At Artiste Plastic Surgery, our Plastic Surgeons led by Dr Jack Zoumaras have been trained to the highest possible degree. All surgery has risks and it is always advised to get a second opinion. Risks are very real and we cannot guarantee any result. Results are illustrated as a guide only. All risks are managed and any need for revision surgery or complications (1-5%) can be managed by our specialist plastic surgeons.

Any statements on how you will feel is based on Level V Evidence:

Level V:  How you will feel after plastic surgery varies between individuals, depending on psychological and physical factors. Our internal research is based on how patients in our practice feel after surgery.

The blogs are not a substitute for a medical consultation and do not form as part of the doctor to patient relationship.


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