Knowing The Difference Between Neck Lifts And Liposuction

Knowing The Difference Between Neck Lifts And Liposuction
Knowing The Difference Between Neck Lifts And Liposuction

Article Highlights

  • 40-50 age range will have skin that still holds a fair bit of elasticity and will snap back relatively easily
  • Neck liposuction is only, usually, an option for younger patients
  • The neck lift is a more suitable procedure for older patients whose skin elasticity has depleted

As the signs of aging become more apparent, the tendencies are to plump, tuck, pull and excessively hydrate your face without paying much attention to that elegant body part keeping your face upright in the first place – your neck. And truth be told, the neck shows just as many signs of aging as the face, if not more. From sagging, folding skin to drooping jowls, the neck plays a crucial role in exposing (or even pushing up) your age, especially if it’s been neglected while paying too close attention to your face, or, alternately, just happens to be an area that deposits fat.

Regardless of the rhyme or reason behind any insecurities you have with your neck, both neck lifts and neck liposuction are procedures that boast a relatively quick recovery period and, generally, very positive results. Now the question is, which one is best for you?

According to Dr. Thomas Bell, a Toronto-based plastic surgeon, although both neck lifts and neck liposuction aim to achieve a younger looking neck, they are both very different procedures that are suitable for different types of people.


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“When you’re dealing with cosmetic surgery of the neck, especially in the under 40-50 age range, everything is a case-by-case basis,” Dr. Bell explained. “It basically comes down to what kind of skin someone has. For the most part, someone in that age range will have skin that still holds a fair bit of elasticity and will snap back relatively easily. If this is the case, then I would suggest neck liposuction.”

According to Dr. Bell, the results of a neck liposuction are very predictable. The procedure, referred to as submental liposuction, takes as little as 20-30 minutes, with a recovery period maximum of two weeks. For this surgery, a small incision is made just under the chin, through which extra fat is suctioned out, adding to a more youthful look of the patient.

“Neck liposuction is only, usually, an option for younger patients, because it could actually create even more looseness in the skin, causing an even more aged look in older people,” Dr. Bell said. “So technically, you’d just be swapping fullness for looseness if you were, for example, in your late sixties.”


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This makes the neck lift as a more suitable procedure for older patients whose skin elasticity has depleted. Although it is a more invasive surgery, it is still one that Dr. Bell insists has a positive outcome and a relatively swift recovery period.

“A neck lift includes liposuction as part of the process, but it’s more intricate because you are taking the fat out of the area, while also tightening the muscles underneath as well as tightening the skin,” Dr. Bell explained. “The incision is placed right by the earlobe, so we re-drape the skin by pulling it up by the ear and back behind the hair, along the hairline.”

As the neck lift is a more invasive procedure than a submental liposuction, patients usually spend the night in the clinic and go back to their everyday routines in a couple of weeks.

Dr. Bell emphasized that both the neck lift and liposuction run very low risk. The most common problem after a neck lift can be a minor seroma, or fluid collection, which is dealt with by a needle aspiration one or two weeks after the procedure. Slow healing is occasionally seen in patients after a neck lift.

Dr. Bell strongly advises that patients are realistic about their expectations from both procedures. A consultation is a surefire way of managing those expectations in order to be fully informed and satisfied with the outcome once the surgery is completed.

“You need to make sure everything you choose to do fits with whatever else you’re leaving,” Dr. Bell noted. “At the end of the day, if you are someone who would end up benefiting from a neck lift or submental liposuction, it’s an area where you can get quite a dramatic change in a very good and natural way.”



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