The older you get, the harder it is to maintain a flawless, youthful, and smooth appearance in your face and neck area. For the most part, this can be attributed to the sudden and unsightly emergence of wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin (also known as turkey neck), and excess fat cells. It can often seem like these signs of aging just magically appeared overnight, when in reality they’ve been lurking in the shadows for a long time, just waiting for the right moment to make themselves known. Certain lifelong habits such as oversleeping, not getting enough sleep, eating too many processed foods, smoking, and leading a generally sedentary lifestyle can all exacerbate the many signs of aging. Neck liposuction or neck lift surgery in Toronto can effectively eradicate your tired, dowdy appearance and restore that sexy, youthful glow you once relished!
What Is Neck Liposuction?
Liposuction in general is a procedure in which unwanted excess fat is suctioned out of certain parts of the body. Oftentimes, liposuction is associated with the torso, stomach, buttocks, and thighs because those are the most common problem areas people have. However, liposuction can also be performed on the neck, just under the chin to effectively remove excess fat that collects there over the years. The main objective of neck liposuction is to remove the additional fat cells that build up directly under the chin, giving the appearance of a double chin. Some people can have a double chin even if they’re extremely slender. It just depends on how the fat cells in your body are distributed. With this procedure, you can have the slender, well defined facial profile you’ve always wanted. Like many other cosmetic procedures, neck liposuction can also be performed in conjunction with other facial procedures such as lip injections, collagen injections, and so on. It’s most commonly performed alongside a neck lift.
What Is a Neck Lift?
Neck lifts are slightly different than neck liposuction because their primary purpose isn’t to remove excess fat cells; it’s to reverse the effects of muscle laxity in the neck area and reinvigorate the tissues that were once firm. Over time, these tissues tend to lose their density, elasticity, and strength which results in loose, sagging, and hanging skin beneath the neck that’s often referred to as turkey neck. The longer the skin is left hanging under the neck, the more wrinkled it becomes and this look can prematurely age you, making you look much older than you actually are. If you choose to get surgical fat removal done in Toronto, there are a few different techniques your plastic surgeon might employ depending on your specific circumstances.
Younger patients can get a mini-facelift, the purpose of which is to tighten the underlying musculature of the face by pulling back the loose skin towards the ears and forehead and then extracting the excess skin before discreetly applying sutures behind the ears.
Middle-aged patients can opt for the slightly more invasive, but highly effective deep plain facelift which reconfigures, contours, and stimulates the underlying musculature of the face and corrects tissue laxity.
Neck liposuction is often incorporated in both of these processes as a supplementary procedure.
How to Decide between Neck Liposuction and a Neck Lift
As mentioned, these two procedures aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive, which means that you can have them done at the same time depending on your personal cosmetic surgery needs and goals. Your facial plastic surgeon should explain all of the steps involved in your specific cosmetic surgery plan during your preliminary consultation with them or their associates to guarantee that you’re both on the same page and they understand what you hope to achieve. Neck liposuction and neck lifts technically fall under the category of neck contouring because both procedures alter and improve the appearance of your neck in different ways. Once you understand all of your options and how these procedures work, it’ll be easier for you to decide which one you prefer or if both of them are right for you.
Procedures, Recovery Time, Results, and Other Factors to Consider
The first thing you should know is that both of these procedures involve making discreet incisions along the edges of your face. Skilled facial plastic surgeons are usually able to hide these incisions behind the ears and make sure that scarring is kept to a minimum so that no one will ever know that you’ve had any work done. When all is said and done, an experienced plastic surgeon such as Dr. Gantous at Toronto Facial Plastic Surgery knows how to effectively hide any evidence of plastic surgery.
Recovery time for these types of procedures depends entirely on the patient, how vigilant they are about caring for their wounds after the surgery, as well as the extent of the procedures performed. In most cases, patients are able to resume their regular activities within about two weeks and that includes going back to work. However, patients are discouraged from engaging in any strenuous physical activities such as high intensity workouts or contact sports until after their wounds have fully healed. Your plastic surgeon will make that determination after assessing the surgical area during your follow-up appointment. As your neck heals, you might notice a feeling of tightness as well as some minor bruising and redness; this is perfectly normal. It could take several months for your neck to make a full recovery, so try to be mindful of all activities you do during that time. You’ll be provided with elaborate aftercare instructions prior to your surgery to help speed up the recovery process and minimize the risk of infection.
The end results will be like a breathtaking work of art. You’ll look and feel like you’re many years younger and people will start to take notice of your new appearance without once guessing that you’ve undergone a cosmetic procedure. The best part is that you’ll also regain the confidence to wear lower cut necklines because you won’t have to hide that embarrassing turkey neck any longer.
Dr. Andres Gantous at Toronto Facial Plastic Surgery is one of the most esteemed and world-renowned facial plastic surgeons in the industry. In the past 20 years, he’s revolutionized the very face of plastic surgery by introducing incisionless procedures that work. To learn more about surgical fat removal in Toronto, or to book a consultation at our clinic, please contact us today!